Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), the country’s largest-selling carmaker, will finally launch the petrol version of the Maruti S-Cross tomorrow. The new model will be propelled by a 1.5-litre petrol motor that will be borrowed from the Vitara Brezza. The updated Maruti S-Cross will come equipped with the next generation of the company’s SHV mild-hybrid technology. Bookings for the new model have been underway online and at all NEXA outlets.
An image released by Maruti Suzuki recently reveals that the crossover will remain visually unchanged. It must be noted here that the S-Cross was launched in India back in 2015 and got its mid-life facelift was launched in early-2017. With the introduction of the refreshed model, the crossover started coming with an updated front fascia that featured a more sophisticated grille. However, the car lost the 1.6-litre diesel engine option as the demand for the more powerful version was pretty low.
|Engine||1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, K-series motor|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic|
|Maximum Power||105 PS|
|Peak Torque||138 Nm|
The facelift version of the Maruti S-Cross was available with a 1.3-litre diesel engine that came mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The upcoming petrol model, however, will displace 1.5-litre and will be on sale with two transmission options – 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. Both the variants will be available with the company’s mild-hybrid technology. The petrol motor for the S-Cross will be shared with the Brezza and will output a maximum power of 105 PS along with a peak torque of 138 Nm. It must be mentioned here that it will be the first time that the S-cross will be available with an automatic transmission option.
With the discontinuation of the diesel engine and the introduction of the rather powerful petrol motor, one thing that’s inevitable is drop in fuel efficiency. However, the SHVS mild-hybrid technology should ensure that the fuel efficiency of petrol-powered crossover is quite high regardless of the transmission you opt for. Hence, there are good chances that not many would prefer not purchasing the crossover due to the discontinuation of the diesel engine. Prices of the petrol-powered Maruti S-Cross will be announced only tomorrow but we believe that they won’t be much different from the prices of the now-defunct diesel model. The Maruti S-Cross has been a direct rival of the likes of Honda WR-V.
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