The first Nexa product offering from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. was the compact SUV S-Cross, launched way back in 2015. Maruti products usually feature as some of the most selling machines over the years, but the S-Cross usually sat at the lower half of Maruti’s sales chart. Hence, it did receive a few cosmetic upgrades and a facelift, but it was largely the same. Now, Maruti Suzuki seems to be working on a major update for the S-Cross.
The new S-Cross is codenamed Maruti YFG and is likely to receive some major cosmetic upgrades, a significant change under the hood, a new transmission and maybe more features as well.
Maruti Suzuki had announced prior to the commencement of the BS6 era that it won’t feature a diesel engine on any of its products. However, due to a good performance of the diesels in the meantime, Maruti is expected to bring back its diesel engine later this year. In 2020, the S-Cross received a 1.5L, 4 cyl mild-hybrid petrol engine putting out 105PS of peak power and 138Nm of peak twisties. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter unit.
Currently, the S-Cross range starts from INR 8.39 lakhs and goes all the way up to INR 12.39 lakhs ( all prices, ex-showroom ). Maruti is also reportedly developing the new-gen Vitara Brezza that is slated for H2 2022 launch. Following this, the S-Cross update could be launched in 2023.
The new S-Cross could be based on the Toyota Raize, which is essentially a compact SUV sold in Asian markets. The architecture underneath is a DNGA architecture. The updated S-Cross will look to challenge the established likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, the Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster etc.
The updated S-Cross a.k.a the Maruti YFG should as aforesaid feature an exterior update, alongwith the features, tech goodies and the overall cabin receiving an overhaul. Under the hood, it is expected to carry forward the same petrol engine with SHVS ( Smart Hybrid Vehicle System ), and also a new diesel engine, along with a new dual-clutch transmission.