S-Cross 2017: The New but Old Competition Re-Emerges !
2 October 2017: Maruti Suzuki India Limited launched its 2nd iteration of the not so popular, Maruti Suzuki S Cross 2017 here today.
The ‘New’ S-Cross has some really new technologies and engine upgradations and hence is not just a mere facelift.
Exterior (Front and Rear)
Starting in the exterior, S-Cross gets a all new Horizontal chrome grill with a new rugged bumper with bigger air dams (allowing better airing/cooling of the engine and otherthings under the hood).It gets sleek looking headlamps that also house DRLs that appear to look like crystals. It gets All new alloy wheels which have a two tone finish giving it a very premium look. The wheels get wider from 205/60 R16 to 215/60 R 16, which definelty should offer a better ride to the user.
On the rear, it gets new LED Tail Lamps (top variant only) which gives it very sleek styling.
Interior, Under the Hood &Safety
On the interior, there are a few changes. It retains the beautiful signature touchscreen system which Modern Maruti vehicles are now associated with. It has the works i.e. Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Mirror Link and offcourse the standard fm, aux, bluetooth. The center console has a paino finish center console (which does look faded with time, unless properly polished and maintained). A Leather wrapped center armrest has been added in for a more premium feel.These, though are nice and feel premium, yet are small enough to be sometimes ignored by the potential customer.
Under the hood, Maruti has decided to do away with the 1.6L Fiat sourced engine and is now offering only the Diesel Variant of its 1.3L which gets a label of DDiS 200. It features Maruti’s SHVS technology (3rd vehcile in their portfolio after Ertiga and Ciaz) to offer this. With this, the New S-Cross is now equipped with idle-stop-start, torque assist, brake energy regeneration system and a gear shift indicator.
Last but definetly not the least, most important, in terms of safety, the S-Cross will come with standard features like Dual Front Airbags, ABS, EBD and ISOFix Child safety seat mounts.
Aggressive Market positioning (S-Cross Pricing)
Maruti has focused on reducing the cost of the S-Cross (which was probably one of the reasons for its not doing so well in sales numbers) and has majorly adopted ‘Made in India’ by 95% localisation of parts used in the vehicle.
The New S-Cross will be available in 4 variants at your nearest NEXA Outlet:
Sigma – Rs 8.49 Lakh (ex-showroom)
Delta – Rs 9.39 Lakh (ex-showroom)
Zeta – Rs 9.98 Lakh (ex-showroom)
Alpha – Rs 11.29 Lakh (ex-showroom)