New Maruti S-Cross Petrol will be pitted against the likes of Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta in India
Maruti Suzuki India has launched the much awaited BS6 compliant Petrol version of the S-Cross SUV today. It was first officially unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo. As per earlier plans, launch was expected to take place in March 2020, but it got delayed due to the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic.
S-Cross had debuted as the first offering from Maruti’s NEXA range back in 2015. And today, it has become the first car to be launched online via Nexa. At the time of launch in 2015, it was offered with two engine options, both of which were Fiat sourced diesel units. These included Maruti’s mainstay diesel motor the 1.3L diesel and a more powerful 1.6L diesel motor.
Initial sales were decent for the SUV, however due to launch of other rivals like Creta, sales couldn’t maintain the initial momentum. To consolidate its portfolio, Maruti had later discontinued the 1.6L diesel engine option.
Now, with the implementation of BS 6 emission norms, Maruti has decided to move away from diesel motors. Hence, apart from making its most selling SUV, the Vitara Brezza, a petrol only product; Maruti has decided to bring in a petrol version of the S Cross too. Below are the prices of Maruti S-Cross petrol BS6.
Manual Petrol S-Cross
Sigma – Rs 8,39,000
Delta – Rs 9,60,000
Zeta – Rs 9,95,000
Alpha – Rs 11,15,500
Automatic Petrol S-Cross
Sigma – NA
Delta – Rs 10,83,500
Zeta – Rs 11,18,500
Alpha – Rs 12,39,000
* All prices above are ex-sh
Talking about the 2020 S-Cross petrol, the most significant change to the product is its new petrol heart. It will be drawing power from a 105hp K Series 1.5 litre petrol motor (138Nm) which will come along with Smart Hybrid tech. The same engine also does duty on some other Maruti products like the Brezza, XL6, Ertiga and Ciaz. Transmission options will include a 5-speed MT & a 4-speed AT.
Variants & Features
Maruti has decided to continue with similar trim levels like the ones available on the diesel S-Cross. These include, Alpha, Zeta, Delta and Sigma. Prominent features like cruise control, auto ORVMs, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, LED DRLs, projector headlamps, LED tail lights, automatic AC will be continued over from the diesel model.
S-Cross will be rivalling some of the segment champions like Creta and Seltos. Both, Seltos and Creta have been doing exceedingly well, despite the pandemic. Other rivals to the S-Cross would include cars like Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks. On the technology front, both the South Korean SUVs (Creta and Seltos) offer way more superior features and gizmos. However, Maruti’s S-Cross might have its trump card in the form of mileage and an aggressive price tag.