India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki has unveiled the Indian version of its S-Cross crossover at the IIFA awards held in Malaysia on June 7. The launch is expected to take place by the first week of July. The car is based on the erstwhile SX4 sedan and is likely to carry a price tag between Rs 8-8.5 lakh.
The desi S-Cross looks doesn’t lack in the looks department and carries a bold look with a tinge of mellowness. The front sports a dual-slat chrome grille, large headlamp assembly with projector units accentuated by DRLs and circular fog lamps with chrome embellishments. The sides get 16-inch alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, roof rails and a very prominent shoulder line. The SUV appearance is given by a high ground clearance, silver finished skid plates at both the front and rear that are in contrast with the black plastic body cladding adorning the lower portion of the car. The rear is not anything out of the ordinary and manages to look contemporary. The manufacturer claims 430 litres of luggage space, which can be furthered by lowering the rear seats.
Underneath, the S-Cross is likely to be powered by new 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. These are the same engines that power the international version and we expect them to be carried over. The petrol engine makes 118 bhp at 6000 rpm and 156 Nm peaking at 4400 rpm. The diesel version makes the same amount of power but has more pull, 320 Nm on tap at a low 1750 rpm. Transmission will mostly be a six-speed manual unit.
The S-Cross will be sold to customers through the new Nexa dealerships that sell only the premium offerings from Maruti. At present, only the Ciaz sedan is sold through them with the crossover expected to join the lineup after its launch. Competition for Maruti’s latest offering will come in the form of the soon-to-be-launched Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Scorpio, Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster.