Maruti S-Cross was only offered with diesel engine and is no longer on sale
In-line with its petrol-only strategy, Maruti Suzuki is expected to update its S-Cross premium crossover with a petrol engine. This is the first time S-Cross will get a petrol engine. Earlier this year in February, the company had launched BS6 Brezza petrol variant. S-Cross will be getting the 1.5 litre BS6 petrol unit with Smart Hybrid, which is already available with other Maruti cars such as Ciaz, XL6, Ertiga and Vitara Brezza.
S-Cross petrol launch was planned before March 31, but it was delayed due to lockdown. Now that sales training has started for S-Cross petrol, it has put to rest speculations that S-Cross may be discontinued. However, S-Cross fans will surely be missing the responsiveness of the 1.3 litre BS4 diesel unit that churned out 90 hp of max power and 200 Nm of max torque. In comparison, the 1.5 litre petrol unit makes 105 hp / 138 Nm.
Smart Hybrid will increase Mileage
Maruti’s smart hybrid tech comprises brake energy regeneration, torque assist function, and engine idle stop / start feature, which improve overall drive experience. Torque assist boosts acceleration by supplying additional power whereas engine idle start / stop feature conserves fuel. Brake energy regeneration works by converting kinetic energy into electricity, which is then used for recharging the batteries.
It is expected that the hybrid petrol motor will have a mileage of more than 20 kmpl. It will be around 10% more fuel efficient, as compared to the diesel variant.
Changes in Design
As may be recalled, Maruti had unveiled S-Cross petrol at 2020 Auto Expo. In addition to the petrol engine, another key change for S-Cross will be a 4-speed automatic transmission. 5-speed manual transmission will also be offered as an option. S-Cross BS4 diesel variant was available only with 5-speed manual transmission.
In terms of features, S-Cross petrol will be equipped with LED projector headlamps, rear disc brakes, telescopic steering, 60:40 split rear seats and auto climate control. It is expected that there will be three trims on offer – Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The earlier base-spec Sigma trim is likely to be discontinued with S-Cross petrol hybrid.
Maruti has not announced official bookings for S-Cross petrol, but certain dealerships have already started taking unofficial bookings for Rs 11k. Price is expected to be close to the BS4 diesel variant that retailed in the range of Rs 8.80 lakh to Rs 11.43 lakh.
S-Cross petrol hybrid will take on rivals such as Kia Seltos, new Hyundai Creta and upcoming Skoda Vision IN. Selling S-Cross in petrol format could be a bit challenging, as the earlier diesel engine was one of the main attractions of the car.