Next month Maruti Suzuki is introducing the petrol-powered S-cross in India. The concept was launched at Auto Expo 2020, and will continue to sell via the Nexa dealership network of Maruti. Although this month’s S-Cross fuel price announcement was expected, the event was delayed because of the continuing COVID-19 crisis.
As with the new Vitara Brezza facelift, the S-cross replaces the previously sold 90hp, 1.3-liter turbo-diesel engine for a 1,5-liter BS6-compliant natural-aspirated petrol engine. The machine, which is also under the Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 hoods, generates torque of 105hp and 138Nm and will be equipped with automatic gearbox options. 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter. Suzuki’s SHVS mild-hybrid software would, though, only be compatible with the petrol-automatic S-Cross. The outgoing S-cross diesel was eligible on all models utilizing this technology.
The S-cross petrol appears similar to the diesel variant, in addition to the significant technical upgrade. Back in 2017, the crossover received updated packaging and more hardware and is now approaching the end of its life-cycle. It’s possible that the S-cross would be replaced by a production variant of the Futuro-e model SUV seen at Auto Expo. As opposed to the outgoing S-cross diesel, which was priced from Rs 8.81 to 11.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the move to petrol power will contribute to a marginal decline in prices. Most possibly, S-cross fuel would be offered in four trim variants – Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha – with the three highest automatic choices also offered.