The Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has been in the news ever since it made its public debut at 2014 Auto Expo. The new model was earlier speculated to get power from the 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engine but it has recently come to light that Maruti is eyeing to partner with French diesel engines expert, Peugeot, and to power the S-Cross with its 1.6-litre DV6 engine. This engine is a co-development of Peugeot and Ford and its altered version, sized at 1.5-litre, powers Ford's B-Max truck in the US market.
The original DV6 unit (1.6-litre) has also been powering several models from Mini, Citroen, Volvo and Mazda in a wide-ranging power output from 90 to 110 BHP. In case of the S-Cross, its likely to be fitted with the latter option as current the Fiat sourced 1.3-litre MultiJet already produces 90 BHP of power under the hood of SX4 and Ertiga, and opting for the same from Peugeot would not make any sense. More importantly, the absence of a potent engine has been a major reason for poor sales of the SX4 and this fate could befall the SX4 Cross as well.
To get benefits of low excise tax on the production of S-Cross, Maruti might also resize the standard DV6 engine to 1.5-litre capacity. This engine could then also do duty in the standard SX4 replacement, which is coming in a few months. The SX4 S-Cross is supposed to enter the Indian market in starting of 2015 and will compete with the likes of Fiat’s Avventura.