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The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is the first model to be introduced through the company's premium outlet Nexa. However, the crossover did not set the sales register on fire as expected by the carmaker, but Maruti wants to change that with the refreshed S-Cross.
Many might disagree that the S-Cross is not an excellent product. The S-Cross has the pedigree of a crossover with premium features, and it rides and handles well. So what did not work for Maruti with the S-Cross?
Indian buyers look to luxurious styling along with premium features, while the Maruti S-Cross ticked the right boxes concerning features and engine specifications, the design or the styling was a bit of a letdown. Maruti Suzuki went back to the drawing board to change the perception of an old-fashioned crossover.
Were they successful in re-designing the crossover? Let us read through the changes that you need to know about the new Maruti S-Cross.
Exterior & Interior Design
The noticeable change to the all-new S-Cross is the design. The face of the new S-Cross gets a bold new look. The grille is entirely different with thick chrome surround and vertical slats and is flanked by newly redesigned headlamps.
The new headlights look a lot more aggressive along with the new smoked projector units and LED DRLs. A new set of fog lamps is another addition, while the ORVMs have been revised and gets integrated turn indicators, which is electrically adjustable.
The bonnet is now chiselled and reveals a muscular look to the new S-Cross along with newly designed air dams. The faux skid plates have been revised flaunting a bold design.
On the side, the new S-Cross remains the same as the previous model except it comes fitted with newly designed alloy wheels. At the rear, the new S-Cross receives roof-mounted spoiler, new tailgate, integrated brake lamps and the LED taillight elements have been rearranged to reveal a cleaner finish.
The cabin of the new S-Cross has been updated extensively. The dashboard receives satin chrome finish increasing the premium quotient of the crossover. The upholstery has been updated with the soft-feel material, while the seats are new with armrest completed in leather material.
The equipment list remains the same except for some enhancements. The SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Additionally, the new S-Cross comes with cup holders for the rear seat armrest, auto climate control, engine push button start-stop function, parking sensors, reverse parking camera, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, door armrest with leather finish, among others.
The new Maruti S-Cross has been tested at the company's RnD test facility at Rohtak and is one of six models already fully compliant with the upcoming safety regulations: frontal offset crash, side impact, and pedestrian safety.
Since the new S-Cross is sold through Nexa outlets, like all models, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts will be standard across variants.
Here is where Maruti Suzuki has re-strategized to offer only one engine option, a 1.3-litre diesel unit and has dropped the 1.6-litre engine. Maruti is looking to position the new S-Cross at a competitive price, hence the decision to drop of the 1.6-litre unit.
The 1.3-litre unit produces 89bhp and 200Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the same unit which powers the Ertiga and Ciaz SHVS models.
The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine is incorporated with the Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) technology. The technology is a mild-hybrid system to regenerate power and help increase acceleration in the effort to boost the mileage of the new S-Cross.
The primary features of the SHVS technology on the new S-Cross are Idle Start-Stop that automatically stops the engine when in neutral and restarts at the press of the clutch. The Engine Assist feature helps during acceleration, while Brake Energy Regeneration charges the battery to help the other two factors.
With the new S-Cross, Maruti Suzuki is looking to position the new crossover as an affordable, fuel-efficient crossover along with premium features.