Maruti S-Cross to get 1.5L petrol engine?

The spreading anti-diesel sentiments that were kick-started by the NGT Diesel ban have titled the equation in the favor of petrol engined models across the segments. Maruti is reported to be working on a petrol variant of the S-Cross crossover as a response to this trend.

Autocar India reports that Maruti is working on adapting the Suzuki M15 1.5-litre petrol engine for the S-Cross.

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The S-Cross is currently available with 1.3- and 1.6-litre diesel engines.

The four-cylinder naturally aspirated motor is rated at 100 PS and 133 Nm of torque. It is likely to be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission but the company could also offer an optional 4-speed AT.

The launch time frame for the Maruti S-Cross petrol is not available as of now. We expect it to be ready towards the end of 2016 or early 2017. In the European market, the S-Cross is powered by a 1.6-litre 120 PS petrol motor.

Maruti S-Cross (24) dashboard
The introduction of petrol engine is expected to widen the crossover’s appeal.

Also read – Maruti S-Cross review

Currently, the compact crossover which is sold through Maruti’s premium Nexa outlets is powered by 1.3- and 1.6-litre DDiS diesel engines which are sourced from Fiat. The base model produces 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque and is the popular choice. The range-topping motor which dishes out 120 PS and 320 Nm of torque didn’t quite manage to garner encouraging response and is sold on made-to-order basis.


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