We have received from our reader, Rahul Dutt, that the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross that was spotted doing rounds at the 2016 Desert Storm event wasn’t the AllGrip 4WD version. It was the India-spec 1.3L two wheel drive version fitted with the 17 inch alloys of the 4WD version. Furthur, we were also notified that the 4WD version participated in the Xtreme category and stood 3rd in the category driven by Maruti Suzuki factory team driver. Also the factory team drove Grand Vitara in Xtreme and was overall winner in the event.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross’s international cousin was recently spotted in India doing rounds at the 2016 edition of the Desert Storm event. At the event partnered by the carmaker, the Maruti Suzuki’s factory team opted to drive the latest S-Cross instead of the discontinued Grand Vitara. The S-Cross driven by the team was not one of those that ply on Indian roads. So what was different about the spotted S-Cross you may ask; this was the 4WD version of the crossover that is sold in various international markets but does not sell in India.
The All Grip 4WD system is Suzuki’s new-gen drivetrain technology that is created with an aim to provide a convenient and simple way out of diverse terrain conditions. The AllGrip 4WD system has four driver-selectable modes – auto, sport, snow, and lock – to enable suitable control according to the road and driving conditions. These modes can be selected using a push-and-turn dial on the centre console. Currently the AllGrip 4WD tech is available in Suzuki’s S-Cross and new Vitara that retail in the international markets.
Well, even if the AllGrip 4WD equipped S-Cross has been spotted on Indian soil, it is very unlikely that it may never make it to the Indian market. Owing to the price hike that will occur due to the 4WD system, Maruti Suzuki will keep this particular variant away from their home market. We all know the S-Cross’s situation in the India; it’s been on sale for a while now and still couldn’t achieve the desired sales targets. To lure more customers, the S-Cross maker poured many discounts and offers. Prices were slashed by around INR 2 lakhs but still customers weren’t attracted to the deal.
A total of seven variants of the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross are up on sale in India including three with DDiS 320 and four with DDiS 200 engine configuration. The 1598cc DDiS320 makes 118 Bhp at 3,750 rpm and a max torque of 320 Nm at 1,750 rpm. This diesel unit comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that pushes the power to the front wheels. The 1248cc DDis 200 unit produces 88 Bhp at 4,000 Bhp and 200 nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. It is strapped with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The prices of the S-Cross start from INR 8,03,046 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) and goes upto INR 12,03,500 for its top pf the line variant.