Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the BS6 compliant S-Cross at a starting price of Rs 8.39 lakh(ex-showroom). The major update in the transition from BS4 to BS6 emission norms is that the S-Cross has now adopted a petrol motor, much like the rest of its compatriots from Maruti Suzuki.
The BS6 S-Cross was supposed to be launched way back in the month of April, however, the Covid-19 pandemic made the makers defer the launch indefinitely. The S-Cross was the only model from Maruti Suzuki which was yet to comply with the stricter emission norms.
The S-Cross will now feature a 1.5 Litre K-series petrol engine with Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid technology. This new powertrain is set to produce 104.69 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque which peaks at 4,400 rpm and is the same unit which currently powers the Vitara Brezza and Ciaz. Transmission duties are set to be carried either by a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
In the process, the S-Cross ditches the 1.3-litre multijet diesel unit which was sourced from Fiat and popularly known as the ‘national diesel engine’ of the country. This engine produced 90 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque. While the BS4 S-cross – which was diesel-manual-only – was available with mild-hybrid tech across the range, the BS6 version will only have the tech on the automatic versions, much like the Vitara Brezza. The automatic gearbox will be offered on the higher three variants of the S-cross petrol; there will be a total of four variants on offer – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.
Smart Hybrid Tech functioning
Maruti’s smart hybrid tech comprises brake energy regeneration, torque assist function, and engine idle stop / start feature, which improve the overall drive experience. Torque assist boosts acceleration by supplying additional power whereas engine idle start / stop feature conserves fuel. Brake energy regeneration works by converting braking energy into electricity, which is then used for recharging the batteries. This enhances the fuel efficiency figures which Maruti Suzuki claims to be 18.55 kmpl(ARAI rated).
Features equipped with
The S-Cross Petrol was first showcased at the AutoExpo 2020 earlier this year and apart from the updated powertrain, there were no visual changes spotted. The 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will continue to come with the large grille with chrome vertical slats, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, dual-tone alloy wheels, roof rails, along with the black cladding and silver faux skid plates and side skirts will be retained. The only major addition to the cabin will likely be the new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, equipped with the Smart Play Studio 2.0 interface that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, navigation and more.
Other notable features present in the 2020 S-Cross are LED headlamps, auto-folding ORVMs, alloy wheels, engine push-button start, automatic climate control, cruise control and hill-hold assist among others. The steering wheel will have multiple control buttons embedded and it will get a telescopic adjustment. Rear seats will be able to seat 5 adults, while it also has a 60:40 split. In terms of safety, it will get dual airbags, speed sensing alarm, ABS with EBD, disc brake in the front and rear, etc.
The Crossover from Maruti was first launched in 2015 and was given a mild refresh in 2017 and is now approaching the end of its lifecycle. The car is available for reservation at the over 370 Nexa dealerships across the country or through Nexa’s official website at a token amount of Rs 11,000. Price of the 2020 S-Cross Petrol starts at Rs 8.39 lakh for the base Sigma variant and goes up to Rs 12.39 lakh for the top-spec automatic Alpha variant. Both prices mentioned are ex-showroom.