Maruti Suzuki S-Cross petrol launched in India at Rs 8.39 lakh
The S-Cross, like its twin, the Maruti Vitara Brezza, has gone from being diesel to petrol only for BS6. The move of the automaker to leave the diesel engines has seen the 90hp, 200Nm, 1.3-liter oil burner replaced with a 1.5-liter, naturally aspired petrol engine with a torque output of 105hp and 138Nm. The K15B engine is shared with the Ciaz, Ertiga, XL6, and Vitara Brezza and comes fitted with the company’s mild-hybrid system, which includes a fuel-saving stop-start motor.
In addition to the petrol engine, this new update also adds an S-Cross auto gearbox for the first time in India, the same 4-speed torque converter with the same motor as its aforementioned siblings. Like before, a 5-speed manual transmission is available like normal and indeed, all gearboxes have the SHVS mild-hybrid feature.
The petrol-manual variant has an ARAI level of 18.55kpl when it comes to fuel efficiency, while the petrol automatic is valued at 18.43kpl. The BS4-compliant, the diesel-mild hybrid configuration was fine on 25.1kpl for comparison.
The 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross appears to wear the design that first appeared on the 2017 facelift, with the launch of the updated Smartplay Studio touchscreen infotainment system, and its slicker layout, but no significant specification changes either.
Normal S-Cross protection equipment comprises dual airbags, ABS, ISOFIX infant seat holds, rear braking sensors, front seatbelt warnings, and a high-speed warning feature, along with an automated model hill hold assist device.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Alpha range manages to bring in accessories such as headlamps and DRLs with LED projectors, 16-inch aluminum wheels, leatherette upholstery, auto headlamps and wipers, keyless entry and exit, a 7-inch monitor with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rearview mirror, and speed control.
The small-car tax sops not available to the 4.3m-long S-Cross, swapping the 1.3-liter diesel with a larger-capacity petrol model did not have a significant price effect. On the contrary, the petrol-manual crossover variant is more vigorously priced than the old diesel which commanded a price of Rs 8.81-11.44 lakh *.
Compared with the likes of the Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, Kia Seltos, and Hyundai Creta, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is very inexpensive. It undercuts all the above-mentioned products at a starting price of Rs 8.39 lakh, with even the fully-loaded petrol automatic priced considerably lower than the competition’s comparable models.
The competitive price is also intended to further mitigate the change to fuel power in a crossover which was previously just petrol. While it never performed as good as its sister, the Brezza, the Maruti S-Cross still managed to bring in decent figures, so let’s see if this new petrol mild-hybrid variant will continue to do so.