Maruti Suzuki launched the Creta-rival, the S-Cross, way back in 2015. It gave the crossover a mid-life facelift last year, when it discontinued the 1.6-litre diesel engine option. Now, the S-Cross Facelift is only sold with a diesel engine.
According to reports, Maruti is introducing a petrol engine for the car. Maruti is expected to launch the petrol variants of the S-Cross in first quarter of 2019 at a starting price of Rs. 7.8 lakhs. And the S-Cross petrol promises to be the most fuel-efficient SUV in its class, with an 18 Kmpl claimed mileage figure.
This mileage figure is a full 2 kmpl more than the Hyundai Creta 1.6 petrol. The S-cross petrol will use an all-new K15 1.5-litre petrol engine with around 104 Bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque. Maruti debuted this new engine on the facelifted Ciaz.
The Maruti S-Cross petrol will be offered with SHVS mild-hybrid system. This mild hybrid system will offer idle stop, brake energy regeneration and torque assist features. The high fuel-efficiency can be attributed mainly to the mild hybrid system.
Maruti will continue selling the S-Cross petrol through the NEXA dealership network. Apart from the new engine, there will be no visual changes in the design of crossover. The petrol engine will be available with two transmission options – 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. The diesel variant will remain unchanged with a 1.3-litre diesel engine, which puts out 90 Bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Soon Maruti will stop sourcing the 1.3-litre diesel engine from Fiat and will provide an in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel engine for its cars, which will include the S-cross too. This new engine will be BSVI complaint. The diesel engine is expected to make its first appearance on the all-new Ertiga MPV, which is scheduled to debut later this year.