Within a fortnight of the Hyundai Creta launch we get to see the competition rise in the form of Suzuki S-Cross. The S-Cross will be officially launched on fifth of August. The new product will be launched though the NEXA showrooms exclusively.
Bookings have already started at 11000 . The S-Cross will be available on in the diesel version with two engine options.The conventional 1.3-litre multijet DDiS 200 engine produces 90bhp of power and 200Nm and the other is 320 DDiS 1.6-litre diesel that is tuned to pump out 118bhp and 320Nm of torque. While the DDiS 200 engine will come paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox with an ARAI certified mileage figure of 23.65 kmpl, the latter will get 6-speed manual transmission and is tuned to deliver a fuel efficiency of 22.70 kmpl.
This is remarkable considering that the fuel prices have been deregulated and the difference between petrol and diesel has been coming down. Also, the ratio of models outselling their petrol siblings is no more skewed in favor of diesel. It might have to do with the fact that the mileage would be considerably higher for diesel.
To be offered in five exterior body colours-Urban Blue, Caffeine Brown, Granite Grey, Premium Silver and Pearl Arctic White, Maruti S-Cross will be available in five trims — Sigma, Sigma (O), Delta, Zeta and Alpha.
Suzuki S-Cross will boast features like four power windows, tilt adjustable power steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, TFTmulti-information display and ABS.
The S-Cross is based on the SX4 hatchback, that never came to India. However, in some European markets, the hatchback was replaced by the crossover. India will only get the crossover albeit with some design and mechanical changes. Unlike the global model’s 3-piece horizontal slat grille, the Indian version will have two slats. It will also come with increased ground clearance than the European model, courtesy Indian roads!
While there is no question over Maruti’s dominance in the small car segment, Suzuki has been trying to shed its tag of budget brand for quite some time now. In order to position itself as a premium brand and give customers a premium experience, they have also launched the NEXA range of showrooms which will only showcase product above 8 lakh.