Citing issues with the S-Cross nameplate, Maruti Suzuki has changed the crossover’s name to ‘Across’ as per the trademark journal and will be launching the model in May this year.
Originally slated to launch in the first quarter of 2015, Maruti’s S-Cross has been involved in a hassle regarding its name and the company seems to have finally worked its way around the same, retaining the term ‘Cross’. As per the trademark journal, the Indian auto giant will be launching the compact SUV named as the ‘Maruti Suzuki Across’ instead of the ‘SX4 S-Cross’ nameplate with which it is sold internationally. With the name finalised, the Across compact SUV is said to be scheduled for launch this May and was recently caught undisguised revealing several details.
As seen in the spy shot, the 2015 Maruti Across will come with a new twin-slat chrome grille, projector headlamps, daytime running LEDs, silver finished skid plates with black body cladding at the sides for a rugged look and 16-inch alloy wheels with front and rear disc brakes. On the inside, Maruti has loaded the compact SUV with a host of creature comforts including start-stop button, keyless entry, Smart Play infotainment system, steering mounted controls with cruise control, automatic climate control, follow-me headlamps and much more.
Coming to the powerplant, the report states that Maruti will be offering the Across in three engine options including the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol with 92 PS of power as well as the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel churning out 90 PS, both of which will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The top-of-the-line variant though will get the 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engine with 122 PS of power, paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The automaker will also offer All-Wheel Drive on the crossover right from the start but only on the 1.6 variant.
Prices for the Maruti Across are said to start at Rs. 8.9 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the base petrol version and will go up to Rs. 13 lakhs for the range-topping AWD version. The model will be available in L, V, Z and Z+ variants with the Z+ getting projector lamps as standard. Given the positive sales of the Ciaz, Maruti is looking to replicate the same with the new Across as it competes against the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the upcoming Hyundai ix25.
Source – Gaadiwaadi.com