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Maruti Suzuki will be launching the new S-Cross BS6 petrol model in the Indian market soon after the nation-wide lockdown has been lifted in the country. The company had earlier teased the arrival of a new crossover on their website ahead of its launch.
The company had showcased the upcoming S-Cross at the 2020 Auto Expo revealing the changes made to the new model. Under the bonnet, the upcoming crossover will be powered by Suzuki's 1.5-litre ‘SHVS' mild-hybrid petrol engine. The same engine that also powers the Ertiga, Ciaz and the Vitara Brezza models in the brand's line-up.
The 1.5-litre four-cylinder mild-hybrid petrol engine produces 104bhp and 138Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox. The company is also expected to offer the S-Cross BS6 petrol model with an optional four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission on the higher-spec trims at the time of launch.
The brand's (SHVS) Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki's is a mild-hybrid technology that will feature an idle start-stop system, a brake energy regeneration system, and a torque-assist function. As a result, the upcoming crossover hatchback will feature improved engine performance and efficiency levels as compared to its previous-gen models.
Apart from the new engine, the upcoming BS6 S-Cross is expected to undergo slight design revisions inside and out. These include redesigned LED headlamps, tail lamps and alloy wheels; among others.
On the inside, the S-Cross BS6 models will feature the company's latest SmartPlay Studio touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the brand's connected technology as well. The interiors of the 2020 Maruti S-Cross will also be revised with new upholstery giving it a more premium look and feel.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross made its debut in India, back in August 2015 and was the first product retailed from the brand's premium dealership chain, Nexa. The previous-gen S-Cross was sold only in four trims, all featuring a 1.3-litre diesel engine paired to a manual transmission producing 89bhp and 200Nm of torque.
However, the diesel engine has been discontinued by the brand, with no plans of receiving any updates. Maruti Suzuki gave the crossover a facelift in 2017 that featured few exterior changes and new feature additions. The BS4 S-Cross retailed between Rs 8.80 lakh and Rs 11.43 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).
With a new petrol engine, prices for the upcoming crossover are expected to be similar or slightly lower than the previous diesel model. In related news, Maruti Suzuki has restarted their dealer operations in the country with strict guidelines followed during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the country — here are more details.
Thoughts About The New Maruti Suzuki S-Cross BS6 Petrol Launching In India After The Lockdown Ends
Like most manufacturers, Maruti Suzuki's product launch timeline has been delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting nationwide lockdown announced in the country. During the current massive automotive sales slowdown, brands are looking to introduce new models in quick succession once the lockdown is lifted to boost sales. The S-Cross has always been a popular choice among enthusiasts. With a new petrol engine, the crossover is expected to appeal to a broader audience.