Though the testing authority didn’t subject Suzuki S-Cross to side impact test, it bestowed the car with 5-star rating for adult occupant safety. It’s to be noted that the example crash tested was made at Suzuki’s Hungarian plant is equipped with standard dual front airbags, ABS and ESC.
The car was subjected to frontal offset collision at 63 kmph and was given a score of 15.48 points out of 16 for adult occupant safety which corresponds to 5-star rating. S-Cross is the current highest scorer in ASEAN-NCAP test’s SUV category, edging past CR-V by just .02 points. Under child occupant protection category, S-Cross scored 81% of marks which is good for 4-star rating.
India-spec version which would incorporate dual airbags, ABS with EBD and so on in the top-end variant will be manufactured at Maruti’s Manesar plant in Haryana. The product is expected to be launched sometime next month.
With an estimated price range of INR 8-11.5 lakhs (ex-showroom), S-Cross will pickup a fight with Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and upcoming Hyundai Creta. Power comes from a 1.6-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine which puts out a healthy 120 PS and 320 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels. While the international version is available with optional AllGrip all-wheel drive system, Maruti is expected to give it a miss to keep the costs low.
S-Cross will give Maruti access to the fast growing compact crossover segment in India.