The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is one of those Maruti’s which hasn’t done well, but Maruti is giving a facelift to make it more appealing to the Indian audience. The car in now available for sale and looks better than the outgoing vehicle. Let’s see what all does it have to offer.

Exterior

The timid face of the outgoing S-cross has been morphed into an aggressive face, the big grille looks sharp and appealing. The best part of the front are the new LED projector headlamps which look classy, but are only available on the top alpha trim. The raised bonnet with aggressive creases looks good and muscular. The new S-cross looks completely unrecognizable from the front.

The side profile is similar but you get some cladding which gives the car an SUV like feel. There is also a new design for the alloy wheels and like before there are disc brakes at the rear which is not seen in this segment.

The rear hasn’t been tweaked much but you do get new LED treatment for the tail lights, rest everything remains same. Even with the facelift the S-cross still looks more like a cross over than an SUV.

Interior

The interior design is still the same, but Maruti has improved interior quality which hasn’t helped much tough. The all black cabin looks boring and doesn’t look appealing at all. You do get android auto and apple car play now. The touch screen infotainment system is slick and easy to use.

Space in the back is good and the seats offer good under thigh and back support. The car offers enough space for five people. And the boot is large enough and offers 430- lts, which can be further extended to 875-lts by flipping the seats down. Over all it is practical and spacious cabin.

 Engine

With the facelift Maruti has dropped the 1.6-lt diesel engine. The S-cross is now available with only one engine option, the well-known 1.3-lt 4 cylinder turbo diesel which is seen in other Maruti’s. The engine makes 90-bhp @ 4000-rpm and 200-Nm of torque @ 1750-rpm. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.

The 90-bhp engine is not the strongest of engines available, there is a lot of turbo lag below the 2000-rpm mark and you have the work the gears to get the best out of it. The plus point of the engine is its punchy mid-range, it loves being revved. It also gets Maruti’s SHVS hybrid system which the company claims gives a 7% increase in fuel economy.

Pricing

Variant

Price

( Avg. Ex-showroom)

Sigma 1.3

Rs. 8.49 lakhs

Delta 1.3

Rs. 9.39 lakhs

Zeta 1.3

Rs. 9.98 lakhs

Alpha 1.3

Rs. 11.29 lakhs

 

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