With the market for SUV’s and crossovers increasing rapidly it was only natural for Maruti Suzuki to put their hat into the ring and join the competition. The S-cross is Maruti Suzuki’s premium compact crossover SUV offering to the Indian market. The car was introduced to the Indian market in 2015 and sold mainly through the Nexa chain of dealerships. While the car sold well, it was not a runaway success. So, in 2017 Maruti Suzuki released a new model of the S-cross that received an extensive face lift.
The face lifts the car received is extensive. On the outside this translated to new headlights, more aggressive styling, far more usage of chrome than the old car, a new bumper that emphasizes the SUV underpinnings and a new grill as well. The headlights are now LED and standard in all models and even the daytime running lights are now LED as well. The wheels were changed as well with a brand new 16-inch two tone alloy wheel set, only the rear section stayed mostly the same with only the tail lamps being changed to LED’s. The interiors are made of a soft touch material and the seats come in leather. There is proper usage of chrome and aluminum. There is a brand-new infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With ample headroom and legroom combined with the size of the car, this car can easily accommodate 3 people in the backseat with minimum hassle. All of these combine to give the car a premium feeling.
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The engine is 1.3-liter DDiS 200 engine that produces 89 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque, it is competent in its power delivery but is said to struggle on the inclines. The car does come with a SHVS system which is essentially a mild hybrid system which gives the car excellent fuel economy since the hybrid system functions as a start stop system. The mileage for the engine is rated at 25.1 kmpl.
The S- Cross comes in 4 variants all of which are diesel. The range starting from the cheapest are the Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. Maruti Suzuki S Cross price range starts from ₹8.85 Lakh and go all the way up to ₹11.48 lakh.