Maruti S-Cross petrol was launched earlier this month at a starting price of Rs 8.4 lakh, ex-sh
Launched earlier this month, 2020 S-Cross BS6 has received more than 2,500 bookings. These are decent numbers, especially considering the current challenging business environment. S-Cross BS6 was scheduled for launch much earlier, but the plans got delayed on account of Covid-19 lockdown. S-Cross is sold via Maruti Suzuki’s premium Nexa showrooms. It is the first updated product in Nexa range to be launched post lockdown.
Petrol engine and automatic transmission
Among the key changes in BS6 S-Cross is the 1.5-litre K15B mild-hybrid petrol engine. This is the first time S-Cross will be powered by a petrol motor. As may be recalled, S-Cross was launched in 2015. At that time, it came with two diesel engine options, a 1.3 litre and a 1.6 litre motor. Initial sales were pretty good, but things started moving south with launch of new products such as Hyundai Creta. As sales dwindled, the company decided to discontinue the 1.6 litre variant.
The outgoing BS4 model came with only the 1.3 litre diesel motor. It was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The BS6 1.5 litre petrol unit used on new S-Cross can deliver 105 hp of max power and 138 Nm of max torque.
This engine can also be seen on other Maruti cars such as Ertiga, XL6, Brezza and Ciaz. Another key change in BS6 S-Cross is that it now has an automatic option. Customers can choose either the 5-speed manual or the 4-speed AT transmission.
S-Cross BS6 does not have any major design changes. Some key features include crystalline LED projector headlamps with DRLs, vertical front chrome grille, LED rear combination lamp and machined alloy wheels. On the inside, S-Cross is equipped with new Smartplay Studio touchscreen infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features include multi information display, adjustable steering wheel, push start/stop, auto AC and anti-pinch auto up/down windows.
Safety features include dual front airbags, reverse parking sensor and camera, ABS with EBD and brake assist, hill hold assist, high speed warning alert, anti-theft security system, engine immobilizer, auto rain sensing wipers, and auto dimming IRVM.
S-Cross BS6 is available in Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha trims, which is the same set, as was offered with S-Cross diesel. S-Cross BS6 will take on rivals such as Creta and Seltos. These are currently the top two bestselling SUVs in the segment. S-Cross may not come with a long list of features as compared to Creta and Seltos, but it fares better in terms of mileage and competitive pricing.
S-Cross BS6 manual variants are priced in the range of Rs 8.4 lakh to Rs 11.15 lakh. Automatic variants are available in the range of Rs 10.83 lakh to Rs 12.39 lakh. New S-Cross will also compete with other cars such as Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster.