Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will compete against some of the most formidable names in this class like Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Fiat Avventura and Hyundai i20 Active.
After Hyundai, it’s Maruti Suzuki’s turn to come out with its very own crossover – the Maruti S-Cross. Like other compact crossovers, we expect Maruti Suzuki S-Cross to fall in the same price bracket as the Renault Duster – start at over Rs 8 lakh to anything over Rs 13 lakh. Maruti S-Cross will compete against some of the most formidable names in this class like Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Fiat Avventura and Hyundai i20 Active. So let us take a look at the top 5 things that we must know about this upcoming beauty.
1. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Big Size
The first thing you notice about Maruti Suzuki S-Cross right from the outset is that it is ‘big’, which is rather unconventional on Maruti’s part. Further, the vehicle has body cladding all around it that adds to its robust nature. With a heavier and broader look, we can further expect the vehicle to engage with 16 inch radials. The 165mm ground clearance that Maruti uses in Europe can be further enhanced for the Indian market. The projector type headlights and the dual slat chrome grill at the front, does provide a beautiful effect. We have not seen any Maruti Suzuki vehicle feature daytime running LEDs till date, which makes Maruti Suzuki S-Cross the first of its kind.
2. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Engine
To tackle the price factor and make the vehicle affordable across all ranges, Maruti Suzuki will introduce Maruti Suzuki S-Cross in two diesel variants. It will get two engine options, the 1248cc DDiS 200 which generates a peak power of 66kW and the 1598cc DDiS 320 which generates a peak power of 88kW. The claimed fuel efficiency (mileage) of the DDiS 200 is 23.65 kmpl and that of the DDiS 320 is 22.7 kmpl.
3. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: All-wheel AWD
Maruti Suzuki does not have a 6 speed transmission system in any of its vehicle at the moment and since the UK variant of the vehicle that boasts a 1.6 litre DDiS Diesel engine has the same, we can expect Maruti to deliver it in the Indian market as well. Considering the size of the compact crossover and its ability to match Renault Duster, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross can also offer the all-wheel drive set-up for the Indian market. The European and Russian market already has the same facility.
4. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Infotainment system
Inside the cabin of Maruti Suzuki S-Cross you will find an all black theme which augers well for almost any car and looks very elegant. The leather upholstery further adds to that suaveness while the rear AC vents and automatic climate control makes the compact crossover more than appropriate for long comfortable journeys. Another exciting feature inside the cabin of Maruti Suzuki S-Cross would be Suzuki’s own 7 inch SmartPlay infotainment system which would be voice controlled and provide smartphone integration for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, contact list, hands-free calling, etc.
5. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Not a sub-4m vehicle
As discussed before, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is not the smallest compact crossover you will come across measuring in at a length of 4300mm, a width of 1765mm and a height of 1575mm. These figures are at par with that of Renault Duster which goes to show that the compact cross is quite spacious, a fact that is further reinstated by the vehicle’s 430 litre boot space.