Maruti Suzuki has updated all its cars to meet with the BS6 emission norms way ahead of the 1st April 2020 deadline. Even the diesel-only Vitara Brezza was updated to meet the new emission norms and was updated with a petrol engine earlier this year. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross was also only available with a diesel engine option only. The BS6 compliant petrol version of the car was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo but it seems that the launch was delayed due to the COVID-19 related lockdown and restrictions. Maruti Suzuki has now started the sales training of the upcoming S-Cross and the car is now expected to be launched on 28th July 2020.
According to T-BHP, Maruti Suzuki is already training their sales executives on the S-Cross petrol. Maruti Suzuki will target cars like Kia Seltos in the market according to a screenshot shared online.
The car that was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo did not have many changes compared to the BS4 diesel version of the S-Cross. However, since then, Maruti Suzuki might have tweaked a few things in the S-Cross. Nonetheless, it will be a minor facelift, if any but since the S-Cross facelift was launched in 2017, there is a possibility of a facelifted version arriving. However, the S-Cross may reach the end of its product-cycle by 2021 and Maruti Suzuki may not launch a different looking version right now.
Just like other manufacturers, Maruti Suzuki will do a soft launch of the car. It will be offered with the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers the other Maruti Suzuki cars including the Vitara Brezza Ertiga, and Ciaz. Just like in every other Maruti Suzuki, the engine will produce a similar maximum power of 104 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm. The engine will be offered with a five-speed manual transmission. Also, for the first time, the S-Cross will also get a 4-speed automatic transmission. Since the launch of the S-Cross in the Indian market, it never had an automatic transmission. Since the demand for the automatic transmission is increasing in the Indian market, the new inclusion will attract a lot of new buyers.
The S-Cross showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo was exactly similar to the earlier version and there were no cosmetic updates. Maruti Suzuki may price it aggressively and the starting price is expected to be below Rs 9 lakhs since it has a petrol engine now.