New spyshots of the 2015 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross crossover have hit the interweb. The crossover was caught testing outside the Maruti Suzuki factory at Gurgaon. Due for a launch in early 2015, the S-Cross was first showcased in India at the 2014 Auto Expo. The crossover is expected to be priced close to the Mahindra XUV500, and above the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster. The S-Cross is a five seat crossover based on an all-new SX4 platform.
The S-Cross that has been spied testing comes with the following changes,
- Daytime Running LEDs have been nixed and so is the case the projector headlamps
- A hood scoop, which isn’t present on the international variants, makes an appearance on the bonnet
- The front grille is revised with two slats instead of four on the international variant
- The wing mirrors lose integrated turn indicators
In terms of dimensions, the S-Cross is smaller than the Renault Duster, with a length of 4,300 mm, width of 1,765 mm, height of 1,575 mm and a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. The crossover is offered with 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol and turbo diesel engines in Europe. Both the petrol and diesel motors output 118.3 Bhp of peak power while peak torque is rated at 156 Nm and 320 Nm for the petrol and diesel motors respectively.
The crossover gets front wheel drive and all wheel drive variants in Europe. It remains to be seen whether Maruti Suzuki will bring both the drive modes to India or whether the car maker will stick to a simpler and more fuel efficient front wheel drive layout. Rumours also claim that the car could ditch the 1.6 liter Fiat Multijet engine for a 1.6 liter Peugeot derived HDi turbo diesel motor.
The S-Cross is an important product for Maruti Suzuki, with the crossover marking the Indian market leader’s entry into the affordable SUV segment. The S-Cross will be Maruti’s third SUV, after the Gypsy and Grand Vitara. While the Grand Vitara has pulled off the market due to poor sales, the Gypsy is a very niche off roader that isn’t targeted at family SUV buyers.
Spyshots source GaadiWaadi