The India spec Maruti S-Cross will be available in only two engine options including a 1.3-litre and an all-new 1.6-litre DDiS diesel. A petrol engine is not on offer, while safety tech is loaded on most trims.
The compact SUV space has certainly turned into a battleground with a host of new offerings entering the segment in a bid to gain dominance. Maruti Suzuki is the latest automaker to join this bandwagon and has finally unveiled its maiden offering the ‘S-Cross’ for the Indian market. A crossover promising butch styling, enhanced road presence and superior cabin space, here is everything you need to know about the India spec Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.
The 2015 Maruti S-Cross is available in two diesel only engine options. The petrol has been given a miss for the Indian market. The base variants dubbed as the ‘DDiS 200’ gets the 1.3-litre four-cylinder Fiat motor, tuned to produce 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque, paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The higher variants get an all-new 1.6-litre four-cylinder motor sourced from Fiat dubbed as ‘DDiS 320’ producing 120 PS and 320 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Both the engines send power to the front wheels, while All-Wheel Drive and an autobox is not on offer, not even as an option. The ground clearance stands at 180 mm.
Coming to the variant lineup, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross won’t carry the LDi, VDi or ZDi naming as seen on the company’s existing models. Instead, the crossover is offered in five variants called Sigma, Sigma (O), Delta, Zeta and Alpha on the DDiS 200. In addition to these, the DDiS 320 will be available only in the top three trims, taking the total variant count to eight. In terms of features, the S-Cross comes feature loaded with HID projector headlamps, LED DRLs, illumination control, rain sensing wiper, reverse parking sensors with camera and MID unit with trip meter, fuel consumption and outside temperature display. You also get keyless go, touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, smartphone integration, auto headlamps, cruise control among other tech.
Fuel efficiency will be a high point of the Maruti S-Cross as the 1.3-litre DDiS engine returns an ARAI certified 23.65 km/l and the 1.6-litre DDiS motor returns 22.7 km/l. This also makes the crossover, the most fuel efficient vehicle in the segment. Keeping up with the premium image of the car, Maruti has loaded the 7 out of 8 variants with ABS and dual airbags as standard, whereas the base variant gets a driver side airbag. The India spec version also gets subtle changes over the international model with a twin-slat chrome grille.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will be officially hitting the market next month, close to the launch of rival Hyundai Creta and will also compete against the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra Scorpio in the segment. The S-Cross will be sold through Maruti’s new and premium Nexa showrooms that are aimed to provide customers a more premium experience. The first showroom has emerged in Dwarka, Delhi and will be inaugurated next week.