Three years after introducing it in the European markets, Suzuki has thoroughly updated the S-Cross. The C segment crossover offering now gets an upright front end styling for a more impactful road presence.
Here’s a deeper look into the upgrades, some of which will eventually reflect on to the India-spec Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.
Speaking of noticeable design changes, the car’s ground clearance is now slightly higher at 180mm versus 165mm and thenthere’s the new design headlamp with a sharper look.
At the back, the rear combination lamps are also new for a cleaner and sharper appearance. The bumper has been revised too and the taillights in fact are made up of LEDs for that premium look.
Inside, the dash has been updated with soft-touch pad and different highlights for the centre panel. In addition, certain variants even get newly designed seat fabric.
The Boosterjet turbo engine first seen in the Vitara S is also now available with the new S-Cross. It makes 140bhp/220Nm. The torque output is 41 per cent more than the outgoing 1.6-litre engine.
This engine is also 17 per cent more powerful and four per cent more economical versus the 1.6-litre unit. It allows for a 0-100kmph acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for both manual and automatic.
There’s also the familiar 1.6-litre diesel engine which used a variable geometry turbocharged and develops a punchy 320Nm of torque from just 1,750rpm. AWD is also on offer on some variants.
Highlighting features on the new S-Cross range include seven airbags, ESP, Bluetooth, GPS, dual zone climate control, silver roof rails and silver rear skid plates and leather seat upholstery.
The most expensive variant even gets Radar Brake Support (RBS), ventilated front seats, double sliding panoramic sunroof and aluminium roof rails.
The new S-Cross range will go on sale in Europe starting October 17 with full year sales projection in 2017 of around 5,000 units. Meanwhile, the India-spec Maruti S-Cross will arrive sometime next year.