Maruti Suzuki has just launched the S-Cross crossover in India. Maruti Suzuki’s most premium car, which will be sold exclusively through the newly established NEXA range of dealersships, starts from 8.34 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, going all the way up to 13.94 lakh rupees. This makes the top-end diesel variant of the S-Cross pricier than the Hyundai Creta, and this is not good news for performance seekers. Why? Simply because the Creta is more SUV than the S-Cross is, and also because the Creta has much more equipment, and is better finished.
On the other hand, the lower variants of the S-Cross perform quite well, in terms of pricing vis-a-vis the safety equipment on offer. The lack of localization on the S-Cross’ 1.6 liter Multijet turbo diesel engine is telling. While the top-end S-Cross 1.3 Diesel’s price is comparable to that of the Ciaz sedan, the 1.6 diesel is 3 lakh rupees pricier. The crossover, which is now Maruti Suzuki’s most expensive vehicle, will be sold in four variants on the 1.3 liter diesel and three on the 1.6 liter diesel.
Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha are the trims the S-Cross 1.3 Diesel will be sold with, while the larger engined model will make do with Delta, Zeta and Alpha. Here are the variant-wise prices of the crossover.
S-Cross 1.3 Diesel
Sigma – 8.34 lakh rupees, Delta – 9.15 lakh rupees, Zeta – 9.99 lakh rupees and Alpha – 10.75 lakh rupees
S-Cross 1.6 Diesel
Delta – 11.99 lakh rupees, Zeta 12.99 lakh rupees and Alpha – 13.74 lakh rupees
Taking power and torque numbers, the 1.3 liter diesel motor on the S-Cross makes 89 Bhp and 200 Nm, while the 1.6 liyer Fiat Multijet unit makes 118 Bhp and 320 Nm. While the smaller motor makes do with a 5 speed manual gearbox, the larger engine uses a 6 speed manual gearbox. All variants are front wheel driven. The monocoque crossover’s (or should we call it large hatchback?) fuel efficiency is ARAI rated at 23.65 Kmpl for the 1.3 diesel and 22.7 Kmpl for the 1.6 Diesel.
Best part about the S-Cross? Twin airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, ABS+EBD are standard across all variants except the base Sigma trim. The S-Cross’ top end variant gets projector headlamps, a touch screen infotainment system, leather seats, premium finish for the interiors, reclining back rest, reverse parking sensors and camera, cruise control, keyless entry, a start-stop button, automatic climate control, 60:40 seat split, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and electrically retracting wing mirrors. The S-Cross’ ground clearance is rated at 180 mm.