Maruti Suzuki’s next all new product for the Indian market will the S-Cross that has recently made its debut at the 2015 IIFA awards. Though the vehicle is a compact crossover, it will take on the likes of compact SUVs including Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Hyundai Creta.
The S-Cross SX4despite being a crossover has a very familiar shape that the Indian market will be able to recognise, thanks to the presence of the SX4 sedan that has been on sale here since 2006. The front gets a three piece black grille with the Suzuki logo prominently standing in the middle. The headlights are the same as before but now get daytime LEDs. There is a black plastic cladding running along the base with a bit under the number plate holder and doors in a silver shade.
Suzuki by virtue of being known for its mass markets vehicles follows the policy through and through. This is most reflected in the interiors which look very similar to the ones found on the smaller Swift. The steering wheel, gauges, gearbox, stalks and buttons are all exactly the same as is the case with the layout. In fact, if you were to blindfold someone and seat them in the car, it would be hard for them to tell which Suzuki vehicle they are sitting in.
Maruti to power higher and more compatible engines in the forthcoming releases; Maruti Suzuki India is planning to source a 1.6 litre diesel Fiat engine. The 1.6 litre diesel will be fitted in the carmaker’s upcoming S-Cross producing 120bhp and 320Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels or all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The petrol is also a 1.6-litre mill but is naturally aspirated. It produces 120bhp and 156Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to all four wheels or the front wheels via a five-speed manual or a CVT gearbox.
The vehicle is already available in some international markets including Europe and Australia, where the dimensions are 4,300mm in length, 1,765mm in width and 1,580mm in height. In India it could be slightly smaller. It has a ground clearance of 170mm globally, however for the Indian market, it may be increased.
The vehicle is expected to be the costliest product from Maruti in India after Kizashi and Grand Vitara. The car would have a starting price of around Rs 8.2 lakh.
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