New Maruti Suzuki S-Cross coming soon
The latest, facelifted iteration of the brand's premium crossover is on its way
The S-Cross is the only premium crossover offering for Maruti at this point and was at the heart of the origin of Nexa, the company's premium brand. It was first launched in 2015 and just two years later, Maruti Suzuki is ready with a facelifted and updated version.
The most obvious aesthetic change starts right at the front, which now looks a lot more rugged and less city-oriented. It's got a new chrome grille and a lot more of the black cladding with larger housings for the fog lamps. The headlights are new as well, which feature LED projector lamps and DRLs. In side profile, the S-Cross remains exactly the same, while at the rear, the only change is that it gets new taillights. On the inside, the 2017 S-Cross will feature the latest generation of Maruti's Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system in the top specs but no major changes are expected. It'll have ABS and dual front airbags as standard. As per the dimensions listed in the UK, the new S-Cross is 20mm wider and 5mm lower while the ground clearance is still at 180mm, less than the Creta and its own sibling the Vitara Brezza.
No changes are expected under the hood as the S-Cross will be powered by the 1.6-litre diesel (116bhp, 320Nm) and the 1.3-litre diesel (87bhp, 200Nm) engines. However, the company might want to offer it with an AGS variant alongside the manual boxes as well. It is speculated though that Maruti Suzuki might consider a petrol variant too. However, it is unlikely as the 1.4-litre (91bhp, 130Nm) from the Ciaz may not be powerful enough and the 1.0-litre boosterjet engine (101bhp, 150Nm) from the Baleno RS might not attract enough market interest.
The new Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is expected to launch in the third week of September with an anticipated starting price of Rs 9 lakh with a top-end model tagged for approximately Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom).