India’s top two car manufacturers are entering a new segment at the same time. Suzuki with the S-Cross and Hyundai with Creta are entering the 8-14 lakhs SUV segment. Renault had the first mover advantage in this segment when they brought in the Duster approximately three years back. It changed the flagging fortune of the french manufacturer which was struggling to gain traction in the ultra competitive and price sensitive Indian market.
Hyundai and Suzuki are going in with completely contrasting strategies for their new products. For the S-Cross, Suzuki has dropped Maruti from ‘Maruti Suzuki’ in order to bring change of perspective in the mind of masses. Also, they are introducing it in new showrooms branded NEXA which will offer premium customer service which will be a considerable step up from the regular setup. NEXA dealerships will only sell models priced above 8 lakh to maintain that premium tag. Also, they have made an interesting choice in terms of engine options. S-Cross will be available with two variants of diesel engine only, whereas the Creta will be available in diesel as well as petrol.
Hyundai seems to be going all guns blazing with this new offering as they have given a wide variety of engine choices. The same goe
s for the equipment’s offered as well. Let’s just try and put into perspective these two in terms of pure numbers.
ENGINE : The S-Cross comes will come with the tried and tested 1.3- litre mill making 90PS of power and 200Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The other varient is the 1.6 litre block making 120PS of power and 320Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed transmission. Hyundai, on the other has a petrol option in 1.6 litre unit that churns out 123PS of power and 155Nm of torque. The diesel figures for Creta are pretty much similar to S-Cross. A 1.4 litre engine with 90PS of power and 220Nm of torque and the other one being 1.6 litre engine with 128PS power and 259Nm of torque. Both these engines are mated to a 6-speed transmission.
EQUIPMENT LIST : The top end variants of S-Cross will get automatic HID projector headlamps, keyless entry, rain sensing wipers touchscreen infotainment system. Also , it gets button start, ABS, front airbags , reverse parking sensors, electric boot lid release. The Creta will come in 10 variants. The top end SX(O) variant of Creta will come with 6 airbags , ESC and faux leather on the upholstery and steering wheel, climate control projector type headlights and touchscreen infotainment system. All variants of Creta will be equipped with ABS as standard.
HOW FRUGAL ? The ARAI figures have not been announced yet for the models as of now.
The expected fuel efficiency for the variants of Creta would be:
Gamma VTVT petrol- 14-16kmpl
1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel- 20-23kmpl
1.6-litre U2 CRDi diesel- 18-20kmpl
For the S-Cross expected mileage would be:
1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine: 23-24kmpl
1.6-litre Multijet diesel engine: 18-20kmpl
HOW BIG A HOLE WILL IT BURN IN YOUR POCKET ? The Creta will start at 9.14 lakh going all the way up to 14.53 lakh. Here are the ex-showroom prices for all the variants (Pune).
|1.6 Base||Petrol||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 9.14 Lakh|
|1.6 SX||Petrol||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 10.11 Lakh|
|1.6 SX +||Petrol||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 11.79 Lakh|
|1.4 Base||Diesel||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 9.91 Lakh|
|1.4 S||Diesel||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 11.01 Lakh|
|1.4 S +||Diesel||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 12.01 Lakh|
|1.6 SX||Diesel||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 12.38 Lakh|
|1.6 SX +||Diesel||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 13.55 Lakh|
|1.6 SX (O)||Diesel||6-Speed Manual||Rs. 14.53 Lakh|
|1.6 SX + AT||Diesel||6-Speed Automatic||Rs. 14.47 Lakh|
The S-Cross will cost slightly less at about 8-12 lakh though it isn’t official.
This is one battle the industry needs to keep an eye on because time and again the Indian consumers have proved that if a product is spot on in terms of cost, quality and looks , they will buy it irrespective of the economy being sluggish .