Maruti Suzuki had introduced their first crossover SUV, the S-Cross, in India back in 2014. The first Maruti to be launched with the first 1.6-litre Multijet engine, the S-Cross managed to hang on to its wings in a segment that prefers macho styling. With its mid-life update in 2017, the S-Cross has gained some visual brawn but lost its bite - the 1.6-litre diesel.
The S-Cross still carries forward the crossover looks, but the meek front grille has been replaced by an aggressive vertically slatted one. The headlamps also have become aggressive with the blacked out bodies and LED DRLs. The front bumpers have been tweaked to match the aggression. The profile retains the same crossover hatchback look and the tail design has also been carried forward almost identically.
The interior continues to be black and spacious. The S-Cross doesn’t seem that big from the outside, but inside, it is quite roomy. Three people can sit comfortably in the back even with two six-footers seated up front. And then comes the ample boot space of the S-Cross. The premium crossover gets automatic climate control, 8-inch touchscreen display, steering mounted audio control and power windows. It gets dual front airbags as standard along with ABS and EBD.
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is offered only with the 90bhp 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine that develops 89bhp of power. The larger 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel that gave the S-Cross its character has been given a miss due to lack of demand. Instead, Maruti Suzuki has been developing a 1.5-litre diesel based on the Multijet platform and it might debut with the S-Cross in 2018.
he Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, with its smaller engine, now seems to be more of a competitor to the Vitara Brezza, Ford Ecosport, Honda WR-V and Tata Nexon rather than the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.