Maruti Suzuki has been manufacturing S-Cross diesel and even petrol in its Indian plant. At the moment, it is being exported to Indonesia. Maruti Suzuki has been retailing the S-Cross diesel in its Indian showrooms, however there is a petrol in other markets. In India, the 1.6-litre diesel has also been discontinued. Now it is only the 1.3-litre DDiS. The S-Cross is the new flagship for the company. Maruti S-Cross petrol could be made available in India also.
The recent facelift meant an all new front end, minor changes on the side and the rear. There aren’t any changes on the inside apart from Android Auto. The engine gets some tweaking, some more changes to the suspension set-up and even the tyres are thicker. The 1.3 DDiS continues on the S-Cross and this is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There are diamond-cut alloy wheels and tyres have better grip.
Maruti S-Cross petrol Launch Date in India
We aren’t uncertain. At the moment, the S-Cross isn’t a high selling model for the company. We reckon, Maruti might get the S-Cross with a petrol engine and this should be sometime next year. We think so because the Vitara Brezza is also due to get a petrol sometime next year and it will be the same one. This will mean the company could train its service teams and make the spares for the new petrol engine easily available. The new-generation Ertiga might also be plonked with this new engine.
Maruti S-Cross petrol Price in India
There will be a difference in pricing. This should be about Rs 80,000 cheaper than the diesel engine as it doesn’t have the mild hybrid. As the S-Cross base model price starts at ₹ 8.49 lakhs (ex-showroom), we expect this one to come for ₹ 7.80 lakhs without taxes for the base model. The petrol variant will make a lot of sense as this will be affordable and those who aren’t looking at too much driving will be moving on to the petrol engine.
A 1.5-litre petrol will be made available. This engine will churn about 108bhp of power and close to 138Nm of maximum torque. This will be used for the first-time on any Indian vehicle. This engine is being exported to multiple markets and at the moment manufactured in India. This is a K-Series engine and it will have a four-cylinder layout. This mill should have good refinement and low NVH. Performance and drivability will be good too. Maruti Suzuki do get this engine for Indian buyers as it will be helpful and should boost sales for the S-Cross.
This engine is made available with a five-speed manual transmission and there is even a six-speed automatic on offer. For India, we reckon the manual will be made available first. Not sure if the automatic will ever make it here.
In terms of fuel-efficiency, the 1.5-litre petrol engine is likely to return close to 11-13km/l in the city and about 16km/l on the highway. This will be good enough fuel-efficiency from this petrol engine. We doubt if SHVS will be offered, unless there is an extra GST. If removed, Maruti will be encouraged to offer it on the petrol engine also.
There will be no change in the features on offer. The following will be on offer:
- Dual airbags
- ABS with EBD
- Reverse Camera
- Reverse sensors
- Projector headlamps
- Daytime running LEDs
- LEDs in tail lamps
- Start and stop button
- Touchscreen system
- Android Auto
- Apple CarPlay
- Reverse Camera
- Leather upholstery
- Leather on steering and gear knob
- Cruise control
- Steering controls
The colours on offer will be five of them. There are some new offerings and some of the old options have been discontinued.
- Nexa Blue
- Caffeine Brown
- Premium Silver
- Granite Grey
- Pearl Arctic White