Maruti S-Cross is anticipated to be equipped with happening features to compete against the likes of Renault Duster / Mahindra XUV500 in same segment/price range. These include LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), scuff plates, underbody cladding and 16-inch alloy wheels to make it appear masculine and off-road ready. Inside the cabin, controls, switch-gears, steering wheel and such may be shared with other bros in the family to help cut cost.
In drivetrain department, Maruti’s crossover SUV is slated to host a 1.6 litre diesel engine that produces 118 bhp of max. power and 314 Nm of peak torque. This mill if chosen, will be procured from FIAT, similar to how Maruti gets 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine to power all diesel variants in its line-up. Power from engine will likely be transmitted via 6-speed manual gearbox.
However, it is hazy if S-Cross will feature Suzuki’s Allgrip 4×4 arrangement, as it does in international markets. Renault on the other hand will be launching a 4×4 variant of Duster in a few months, so in that price range, Maruti ought to provide 4×4 as well in S-Cross.
We expect Maruti to contrive a worthy crossover with as much belts and whistles required to go up against the proven French compact SUV. Given that Maruti has been failing to pull off success stories selling pricey products so far, will S-Cross thrive being a new segment car in their catalogue?
via Autocar India