On the Nexa Experience website for its premium range of cars, Maruti Suzuki has updated it with a teaser for the upcoming BS6 petrol model of the S-Cross crossover. Till date, the S-Cross was available as a diesel-only offering using the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced Multijet motor equipped with Suzuki’s mild-hybrid system. As Maruti has discontinued its entire diesel engine line in its transition to BS6, the S-Cross will now be offered as a petrol-only option, like all new Maruti models.
The S-Cross will be powered by the new in-house developed BS6 compliant 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine. The engine is tuned to develop 103hp and 138Nm of torque. The engine would most likely be paired with the mild-hybrid system like it is offered with nearly all other Maruti Suzuki models that it powers. The engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. It is likely that Maruti Suzuki may also offer the S-Cross with the 4-speed torque converter automatic option as well. This engine powers all of Maruti Suzuki’s larger range of cars like the Ciaz, Ertiga, XL6, and the Vitara Brezza. The S-Cross will now be a part of the same family as it becomes BS6 compliant.
The other mechanical components in the S-Cross would remain pretty much unchanged, but the suspension setup could revive a minor tweak in order to accommodate the weight loss moving from a heavier diesel engine to a lighter petrol unit. Additionally, Maruti Suzuki may throw in some new features in the S-Cross, one of which would most definitely be the new SmartPlay Studio infotainment system with the 7-inch touchscreen display along with the new smartphone app integration. The BS6 S-Cross is expected to feature no styling changes with this new update.
While the official launch date has not been released, with the BS6 deadline already surpassed, the S-Cross petrol’s launch is expected very soon. The price of the S-Cross is also expected to see a drop as it will be a petrol-only model. The diesel variant was priced between Rs 8.8-11.4 lakh. The S-Cross will directly compete against the likes of the Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur along with the new Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
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