Maruti S-Cross production begins, launch in mid-July

Maruti S-Cross has reportedly entered production in India ahead of its launch which is slated for first half of July. Set to become the most expensive product in Maruti’s portfolio, Renault Duster rival is expected to have a starting price of INR 8.2 lakhs (ex-showroom).

Maruti S-Cross production India
Image used is of international version.

India-spec model which was unveiled at IIFA 2015 in Kuala Lumpur last week features certain exclusive visual tweaks such as silver twin slate front grille, silver skid plates, roof rails, new hubcaps, etc. Interior adopts full black theme with silver accents on steering wheel, centre console and door pads.

To justify the premium price tag, Maruti S-Cross will offer SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensor, alloy wheels, projector headlamps, foglights and so on in the fully loaded variant.

Previous spyshots confirmed that Indian model will be propelled by Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engine which generates a healthy 120 PS and 320 Nm of torque when mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. While international version gets AllGrip all-wheel drive system, only FWD variants are expected to be offered here.

Maruti S-Cross, along with Ciaz and upcoming YRA hatchback, will be retailed through the company’s new premium outlets called Nexa which will offer upmarket buying experience to its customers.

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