Maruti Suzuki has officially announced that its S-Cross premium crossover would be launched on August 5, 2015 in the country. Just a couple of days back, the company inaugurated the new NEXA range of premium dealerships in India, and S-Cross would be the first product to be retailed through this new channel of showrooms. For those asking, Maruti S-Cross can be booked at any company dealership at a token amount of Rs. 11,000.
The India-spec model of Maruti S-Cross was unveiled at the IIFA Awards Ceremony in Malaysia in June 2015. The company has carried out a few cosmetic changes in the Indian version as compared to the Euro-spec model. The Indian model of Maruti S-Cross flaunts a dual-slat horizontal front grille against the European version's triple-slat horizontal grille. Also, the ground clearance of the Indian model has been upped. The S-Cross would be introduced in a total of 8 variants. Features like driver airbag, all-wheel disc brake system, 4 speakers, body coloured door handles, silver skid plates, steel rims and fabric upholstery would be standard across the entire variant line-up.
Mechanically, the S-Cross would be available in diesel guise only with two engine options. It would be powered by two Fiat-sourced diesel engines - 89bhp 1.3L, 4-cylinder 200 DDiS and 118bhp 1.6L, 4-cylinder 320 DDiS. It would be the first vehicle in India to use Fiat's 1.6L diesel engines. The 1.3L diesel engine would be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, while the 1.6L mill would be linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox. There wouldn't be any automatic or 4X4 version in offing, at least as of now. Maruti S-Cross would be challenging the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Hyundai Creta, while being expected to launch in a domain of Rs. 8-12 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).