Maruti has launched the new S-Cross with a starting price of Rs 8.49 lakh and the car is now around 30-40k more expensive over the earlier S-Cross. Is the premium worth it and how much change is it over the earlier S-Cross? Read below to find out.
This is a facelift but a comprehensive one at that as it actually looks like an all new car thanks to the all new front end. There is a new chrome rich grille which is bigger and more prominent with the headlamps now attached. The headlamps are smaller and sleeker with being LED projector headlamps with customary DRLs. There is a new bumper as well as you can see with more prominent cladding, new fog-lamps and a new skid plate. There is also a new signature Nexa blue colour. No changes are there at the side but you have new 16 inch two-tone machine finished alloys and at the rear the changes are very minute with updated rear LED tail-lamps. In comparison the earlier S-Cross looks bland and downright boring with an even more bland choice of alloys. The new one has way more presence.
There are some small changes but there are to make the cabin more premium looking than before. There are more soft touch materials, more chrome accents, new piano black finish for the centre console. There is leather and the black interiors look classy and almost make you forget that there is switchgear shared with lesser Marutis too. Still for the price, quality is good and its the most premium cabin from Maruti currently offered. There is also now Android Auto along with Apple CarPlay. Else the equipment levels stay the same and we would have liked rear ac vents or a sunroof being added. Space is the same and it is massive at the back with good enough space for three.
Unlike the earlier S-Cross there is no 1.6 diesel as that was discontinued in the earlier one and hence now you only get the 1.3 diesel with the 5-speed manual as standard. There is no petrol or even an automatic which is a bit of a miss but currently Maruti does not have a big petrol to suit the S-Cross. With 90 bhp and 200Nm the S-Cross has decent grunt and is a good performer though lag is there as is with the other cars with this engine but the mid-range is good enough. In-fact over the earlier S-Cross, the refinement is improved and among diesel Maruti cars, the S-Cross is most refined. A big change over the earlier S-Cross is that there is SHVS now which helps in improving efficiency with a mileage that no other car can match.
Also the tech works without a fuss and does not bog down the engine. With wider tyres, grip is improved and it handles well for its size. I like the gearbox and the clutch is also not too heavy. The ride is a bit stiff at low speeds but smoothens out and overall it delivers a polished driving experience with its good high speed stability and improved refinement.
What we think
Trim levels stay the same with the base variant starting at Rs 8.49 lakh to the top-end diesel at Rs 11.2 lakh which means around rs 30-40k increase. We say it is worth it easily and makes it a better buy now. The difference in styling is the biggest change plus the interiors are plush enough for the price with excellent efficiency and a decent motor/space completing the package. Yes I would have liked more features and a petrol or automatic option but the new S-Cross is a much more desirable car now plus despite the price increase, it is still cheaper than direct rivals. No doubt Maruti will sell more of this car now.