When we drove the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, we thought it was a rather capable car. It was spacious, had a good amount of kit and stylish looks. Now, the company is readying a new iteration of this vehicle, which was first revealed to us last year.
The biggest distinguishing feature of the new S-Cross is its bold new front grille with vertical slats. The front bumper has been remodelled as well and the vehicle gets new projector headlight units with integrated LED daytime running lamps. It also gets new side skirts, a redesigned rear and new LED tail lamps. Under the bonnet, although the new S-Cross is available with the 1.4 litre, 4 cylinder, Boosterjet petrol engine in some international markets, Maruti will most likely continue to power the car with the same 1.3 litre diesel engine with 200Nm of torque and the 1.6 litre diesel motor with 320Nm of torque.
These engines have also been tweaked to perform in a more optimal manner, with low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. This has been more noticeable in the 1.6 litre version due to the variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) that this particular variant uses. To enable it to be better at negotiating rough terrains, the ground clearance of the new S-Cross has been bumped up from 165mm to 180mm. Also, the protective black cladding around its lower perimeter, as seen in the current generation S-Cross, helps prevent minor scratches and scuffs.
Step inside the car, and a several more upgrades and overhauls become immediately apparent. There are multiple trim options available for the dashboard, you get new seat upholstery that includes contrast stitching, new interior themes/colour combinations, soft touch materials used in the dashboard, dual zone automatic climate control, bluetooth connectivity, a navigation module and a revised instrument binnacle with a new multi information display (MID), amongst others. Maruti Suzuki will be bringing their new S-Cross to Indian shores in August 2017.