The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross spied yet again, looks like a bigger Swift rather than a compact SUV. The interiors are similar to the Swift. The S-Cross is expected to launch in 2015 to compete with the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Ford EcoSport.
Maruti Suzuki has been on the top spot since its inception in India in terms of sales. Now we all know that it shines under the Rs. 10 lakh mark but what about the other side of this territory? We have seen the negative response to the Grand Vitara and Kizashi when Maruti decided to go premium straight away. However, Maruti is now slowly pushing the envelope to get a taste of the premium segment by introducing the Ciaz. We have seen the Baleno and SX4 perform below average in this segment but this time Maruti Suzuki came prepared to hit the right spot to churn out volumes and now you can see it climbing the charts dethroning the segment leader.
Now that the Ciaz is being accepted well in our country and people are ready to pay a bit more for a Maruti, the company is about to place their bet on a premium compact SUV, the Suzuki S-Cross. This time we feel they are playing bluff as the S-Cross doesn’t have that SUV stance, neither does it look like a crossover. The Suzuki S-Cross looks like a big hatchback and the interiors too are black and sporty, which is not a good combination to have for the Indian audience. If you look at the interior spy shot, you will find basic styling carried forward from the Swift. Also, the overall silhouette will make people think that it’s a grown up Swift with a price tag upwards of Rs. 10 lakhs.
Now the big question is about the performance of the S-Cross, whether Maruti Suzuki will offer the same Fiat sourced 1.3-litre diesel or a bigger 1.6-litre unit? Well, after considering the fact that the Ciaz gets a tiny 1.3-litre diesel, which makes it currently the most fuel efficient car in the country then the S-Cross would also feature the same oil burner. Now compared to the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, etc. the upcoming S-Cross seems to be implausible and Maruti Suzuki has an uphill task to make it a convincing choice for customers. The S-Cross is expected to hit Indian roads next year with a premium price tag to compete with the Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Fiat Avventura.
Interior Picture Source – Team-BHP