The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross SX4 made its Indian debut earlier this year at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo along with the Ciaz and the Celerio. While the car is already is being sold in other international markets, it will be launched in India early next year and will mark Maruti Suzuki’s foray into the lucrative crossover segment. Earlier this month, some spy shots had revealed the interiors of the S-Cross SX4 and now, it has been spotted again testing on the Chandigarh – Ambala highway.
The S-Cross SX4 concept was globally unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the production model replaced the SX4 compact car in international markets. It does look very similar to the SX4 sedan though the enlarged proportions give it an imposing look. The front of the car gets a prominent chrome grille with three slats and elongated headlamps with DRLs. Details like bash plates and side claddings lend the S-Cross SX4 a rugged appeal.
The layout of the interiors will remain similar to the European model. It will be equipped with a two-DIN music system, climate control, steering mounted audio controls, power windows and a two-tone dashboard as well as upholstery.
The petrol variants of the S -Cross SX4 will be powered by a four-pot 1.6-litre engine churning out 118bhp and 156Nm of torque. Earlier it was reported that Maruti Suzuki is planning to source the diesel mill for the SX4 S-Cross from Peugeot, though there isn’t any official word yet.
While Maruti Suzuki’s previous experiments with ‘non-budget’ cars like the Kizashi and Grand Vitara haven’t returned favourable results, the manufacturer will hope to cash-in on the frenzy created by crossovers and compact SUVs in the Indian market. The S-Cross SX4 is expected to be priced in the Rs 12 lakh to 15 lakh bracket and will rival the likes of the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Terrano.