Maruti Suzuki S Cross Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox


Maruti Suzuki S Cross Overview

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is one of the few cars from the Indo-Japanese automaker that went about its business in a subtle way and hasn’t been an outright sales sensation. The S-Cross is the first ever Maruti car to be sold through the Nexa outlet. Check for car loan interest calculator at Fincarz.

With the new Maruti S-Cross facelift, the company has just managed to retain the design language that the car has been known for, stylish and graceful. Not just stylish, the car has been brawn and that is evident in what we see under the hood, a popular 1.3-litre DDiS engine that has scripted many success stories of Maruti cars thus far. However, the car is available in only one engine trim across all the variants. The Maruti S-Cross 2017 has a good list of features on offer, including automatic climate control rear parking sensors and camera. The car gets disc brakes and ABS (anti-lock braking system) as a standard feature across all the variants to go with the two safety airbags, which is a good news for the people who want to buy this car.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Exteriors

The updated SX4 S-Cross gets a completely new front fascia. The front profile now features a grille which has been finished in chrome, this grille helps in providing some premium feel to the car. Apart from the new grille the Crossover also has received new projector headlamps as well which looks much more aggressive and shaper than the ones found in the pre-facelift variant. The new headlamp units also get integrated LED daytime running lamps as well. The front profile also gets new grille as well which looks sportier, the bumper now houses bigger round shaped fog lamps and also chrome highlights around it.

Towards the side profile the Crossover gets slightly different looking alloy wheels, the rear profile on other hand gets a redesigned taillamps. If we compare the old Crossover with this facelift variant then surely the facelift car looks more aggressive and purposeful than the old car. The aggressive front profile surely looks more SUV’ish now which will attract some more attention.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Interiors

When it is launched, the S-Cross‘ biggest plus point is likely to be the quality of the cabin. The dashboard and door panels feature a layered style. A simple hexagonal centre stack fascia frames the touchscreen infotainment system and mid air-conditioner vents. The steering wheel is the Suzuki wheel, which we have seen in many of the company’s newer cars. The S-Cross’ features controls for the infotainment system and cruise control.

Maruti Suzuki designers have opted to give the cabin a very European flavour and so dark grey, black and matt silver accents form the interior theme. Twin dial instrument cluster features blue lighting, while the rest of the controls sport yellow back-lighting. The front seats are very comfy and the rear seats offer a two-step reclining feature for finding an even more comfy position. Seat positions are high-set both at the front and the rear. Depending on the trim, the seats get double stitched leather and the steering is also leather wrapped.

The cabin is well insulated and quiet, though under hard acceleration, engine noise does sneak in, with the rpm needle crossing the 3,500 mark. Boot space is 353 litres with the rear seat in reclined position. Knee room at the rear is about as much as the competition’s, but shoulder room on offer seems to be more.Overall, the cabin is driver-focused, and with soft-touch plastics and excellent fit and finish quality, this is finally a Maruti that really has a premium feel. During our test drive of the S-Cross the only feature in the cabin that underperformed was the navigation system which had outdated maps.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Gearbox

Maruti will carry forward the same 1.3 Litre Fiat Multijet diesel unit and the 1.6 Litre DDiS diesel under the hood. The 1.3 Litre engine is capable of producing about 89 Bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of torque. While the more powerful 1.6 Litre unit is capable of producing about 118 Bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of torque. The smaller diesel unit is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission whiole the 1.6 Litre unit is paired to a 6 speed manual transmission.Check for Maruti Suzuki S Cross in Kazembassy

There is a fair chance that Maruti might also introduce a petrol variant of the Crossover as well. The petrol variant will most probably get the 1.5 Litre petrol unit which is capable of producing about 100 Bhp of peak power and aro0und 133 Nm of peak torque. This engine if introduced will be paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox.

For the international market the same Crossover is offered with 1.0 Litre, three cylinder Boosterjet unit and a 1.4 Litre, four cylinder unit. The engine is available with a 6 speed manual or an automatic transmission. The bigger engine amongst the two gets Suzuki’s ALLGRIP AWD technology as well. The diesel variant gets the same 1.6 Litre unit which is also available with the Indian spec Crossover as well.

The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is only offered in a diesel trim with no manual transmission on offer. Hence, the buyers get two reasons that make the car so economical. Despite being a full-sized SUV crossover, it offers an ARAI certified mileage of 23.65 kmpl. On the road, the car offers anywhere around 20 kmpl economy, which is quite phenomenal for a car of this caliber.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Riding

The S-Cross‘ ride quality is good on most road surfaces. With the raised suspension tuned for being pliant on bad roads, there is quite a bit of wheel travel on really uneven surfaces. But, it doesn’t get unsettled, though it can get a bit jarring over really bad potholes. Steering assistance is good at slow speeds and the wheel tightens up at higher speeds. Steering precision is adequate, though it lacks in feel.

The driving dynamics of the S-Cross is let down only by the tyres that the car came shod with. The 205/60 R16 lacked grip and kept squealing through most turns on the highway from Mumbai to Nashik, where we test drove the car.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Safety

The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross gets a good number of safety features as a standard fitment across all the variants. The stopping duties are done by ventilated disc brakes for the front wheel and solid discs for the rear. ABS is offered as standard even in the base model. And as for the safety, child safety lock, crash sensor and seat belt warning are given as standard in all the trims. However, the anti-theft alarm is given a miss in the base variant.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Cost in Pune

Maruti Suzuki S Cross On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 10,40,895 to 13,69,098 for variants S Cross DDiS 200 Sigma and S Cross DDiS 200 Alpha respectively. Maruti Suzuki S Cross is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki S Cross variants price in Pune. check for S Cross price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Round Up

Not much details of the Indian spec S-Cross is available at this moment but expect the facelift Crossover to get this completely new aggressive design which definitely has made the Crossover appear less like a sedan and more SUV’ish just like we mentioned earlier. The interior however won’t see much of change inside but expect it to get an updated infotainment system.

The biggest change however is expected under the hood of the car, the facelift Crossover will most probably get a completely new 1.5 Litre petrol engine under the hood. However we also do feel that Maruti might also introduce the 1.0 Litre Boosterjet unit as well which will debut in the India market with the all new Baleno RS in March. For more price details on Maruti Suzuki S Cross check AutoZhop.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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