Maruti Suzuki will make a foray into the fast growing SUV/Crossover segment in India next year. The Suzuki S-Cross will be the first such vehicle that Maruti Suzuki will introduce early next year. The crossover has been spotted testing numerous times in and around the automaker’s Gurgaon factory in the National Capital Region. A new batch of the S-Cross crossover spyshots have made their way onto the interweb. The new batch of spyshots reveal new details of the crossover, which is likely to be India specific. Up front, projector headlamps and a new twin slat grille are likely to grace the front of the India-spec S-Cross.
The S-Cross is touted to feature an all wheel drive mechanism, from Suzuki’s AllGrip range. While the base variants of the crossover will be front wheel driven, the top end versions are likely to feature the all wheel drive system that is designed to give the crossover a go-anywhere appeal. The S-Cross is likely to be priced at par or slightly above the Renault Duster compact SUV. With the S-Cross, Maruti Suzuki will not take aim for the Ford EcoSport; The automaker has the XA Alpha (codenamed the YBA) lined up in 2016 to do just that.
The S-Cross crossover will use 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol and turbocharged diesel engines. The 1.6 liter M16A petrol motor will come from Maruti Suzuki’s in-house range of petrol engines while the turbo diesel motor will come from Fiat’s Multijet range. The petrol and diesel engines will get 5 speed and 6 speed manual transmissions as standard fare with the petrol powered model likely to gain a CVT automatic option. The CVT automatic transmission will use a 7 speed stepped shift. The S-Cross will measure 4.3 meters in length and will feature a 2.6 meter wheelbase. The crossover will accommodate 5 adults.
Spyshots courtesy GaadiWaadi