Maruti Suzuki launched the S-Cross as a premium crossover along with Nexa, a premium sales channel of the brand. The S-Cross however did not succeed at delivering on the company's expectations and people finding it too expensive and unappealing looks were two of many reasons. Once discounts were thrown in, the numbers did improve but not to the extent of being termed successful. The styling of the S-Cross however could be changed soon and Suzuki showcased the facelifted S-Cross in Europe recently. We expect the vehicle to be launched in 2017.
Suzuki designers have changed the front-end of the new S-Cross substantially and the effort seems to be focussed at enhancing the premium look of the vehicle. A chrome grille with vertical slats and a redesigned bumper give the S-Cross a dash of dynamism. The new headlamps with LED DRLs and a new hood add more visual bulk to the front-end. While these elements look good in solitude, they still do not transform the S-Cross into a desirable vehicle but different people could have different views on the design.
The side and rear profile feature minor updates and look largely similar to the present model. The tail lamps have been redesigned slightly and the bumper too sports minor changes. The interiors too have been left largely unchanged although one can expect new features to be a part of the overall package. Material quality however has been improved and the central infotainment screen too has been updated for enhanced functionality.
While the European model is powered by a 1.4 L Boosterjet petrol engine and features four-wheel drive (4WD), the Indian version is expected to be powered by the same 1.3 L and 1.6 L DDiS engines that are offered in the present S-Cross. The front-wheel drive layout too should be retained in favour of cost if the vehicle gets launched in India. As we become aware of more details on the S-Cross, we'll keep you updated.