2017 Maruti S-Cross Facelift Review
Car Tested: 2017 Maruti S-Cross Facelift; Road Test No. 856; Test Location: Udaipur
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 9.90 – 13.20 lakhs (est.)
The Maruti S-Cross continues to offer excellent practicality but with improved quality and style
The SUV and crossover segment is quite unique in India because there are so many different ways companies are serving this very body style. Maruti’s first entry in the UV space (Gypsy aside) was with the S-Cross crossover and although the move seemed bold back then, to retail the car from a premium dealership network, it seems to have worked quite well as NEXA is a success. Now Maruti Suzuki has given the S-Cross a much-needed facelift while also playing around with the engine options. Does this cosmetic uplift boost the desirability of the S-Cross’ biggest chink in the armour?
Motor Quest: Maruti Suzuki first showcased the S-Cross at the 2014 Auto Expo and launched it in India in July 2015, also debuting NEXA. The car got a global facelift last year and gets updates which are less mechanical and more visual.
Exteriors – First things first, there aren’t drastic changes on how the facelifted S-Cross looks especially from the side and rear profile. However, as is with every facelift, more updates are on the front. The front fascia of the new Maruti S-Cross comes across as something fresh. Changes are in the form of a vertically stacked chrome grille, redesigned headlamps with LED DRLs and a redesigned bumper that’s sportier. The headlamps are LED projector units.
The new alloy wheels on the S-Cross are quite catchy with two-tone treatment
The satin finish skid plates in the lower bumper and the chrome accents in the fog lamps housing give the S-Cross a premium look, while the muscular bonnet adds a hint of aggression to the front fascia. The side and rear profile remain more or less similar to the pre-facelifted model except for the new 16-inch machine cut alloy wheels and the redesigned LED tail-lights. Other than the regular Pearl White, Caffeine Brown, Granite Grey and Premium Silver shades, the crossover is also available in a new Nexa Blue shade that makes it more appealing.