Maruti Suzuki S Cross Facelift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Overview

The Indian automotive scenario has been changing drastically in last few years. Indian customers are opening up toward fresh new designs, new niche. The compact SUVs and crossovers have becoming more and more popular day by day in the country like the rest of the world. In 2015 Maruti-Suzuki also tried its luck in the compact crossover segment with the S-Cross.

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Now with almost two year after the launch of the model the automaker has developed a facelift version of the S-Cross. Suzuki has showcased the facelifted S-Cross in front of a selected audience in Hungary. As we got a glimpse of the car, it looks absolutely mean compare to the outgoing model. Any SUV lover wants his car to be rugged looking. And the new S-Cross looks exactly so. It can impress with its aggressive styling. Apply SBI Car Loan.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Look

Now when the face turns up in your rearview mirror you’re more likely to give it a second glance. In the metal, and plastic, the changes are focussed around here. From the bumper, the quarter panels, the hood and the lamps everything has been redesigned to give the S-Cross a more “upright” SUV-like look. It starts with the new grille which is wider and higher-set. Spotting it will be easier because all that chrome on the grille is really hard to miss!

The headlamps have been reworked as well. They now get a smoked finish, and powering the projectors are LEDs. We’ve seen LED headlamps work their magic in the Dzire and the Ignis, and these ones are no different. The beam is concentrated and the throw is long too. Not to mention, it makes those driving ahead think a bigger, more expensive and possibly German car is in tow.

To accommodate the kink in the headlamp, the bumper gets an update as well. The creases are subdued no more, and that really makes the front end pop. Finally, the bonnet has had a shot of testosterone to supplement the angry face. The two crisp pleats on the hood do just enough to go along with the other updated elements.

Updates to the side profile might just go unnoticed. But they do lend the S-Cross a fresh flavour. We’re glad the alloys don’t look like wheel caps anymore. The 16-inch alloy wheels now get a simpler design and a two-tone finish. It’s also shod with larger 215/60 rubber which makes the car looks ever so slightly raised. If you dig into the numbers, you’ll find that the updated S-Cross is 5mm taller and 20mm wider.Coming to the rear, you’ll notice a change only if you spot the Alpha variant. The LED taillamps (along with the projector headlamps) are available only on the top trim. If you’re keen-eyed you will also spot the tiny ‘SmartHybrid’ badge.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Cabin

There aren’t many noticeable changes inside the cabin. And not that there was a serious requirement in the first place. Still, the easy-to-use touch screen system now gets Android Auto in addition to Apple CarPlay. A good addition for the tech-savvy potential buyers. Then, the instrument cluster gets an SHVS display, pointing at the hybrid technology under the hood. There’s also a new engine auto start-stop cancel switch. And, visibly even if everything almost remains the same, there are a few touch ups made to add to the premium feel.

This includes chrome accents instead of silver ones and leather finish on the driver arm rest and door pads. This top-spec Alpha trim continues to get features like leather seats, soft-feel material on the dashboard, cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless go etc. among other goodies. The Nexa shield ensures passenger safety with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and many more impact compliant safety features standard across the range.

The S-Cross continues to provide a good frontal visibility and has a reasonably spacious cabin with comfortable seats providing adequate support. This continues with the airy space in the second row thanks to the abundant shoulder room sufficient for three adults as well. There’s good legroom too, but headroom might be a little tight for tall occupants.

Also, we would have loved it if the carmaker could have added rear AC vents this time. Nonetheless, the 353-litre boot-space with numerous adjustments with the 60:40 split rear seat makes for a big space to eat up all kinds of luggage. Two big bags and a few backpacks can be easily accommodated.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Gearbox

The S-Cross now comes with just one engine as Maruti has dropped the previous 1.6-litre diesel from the line-up, leaving just the 1.3-litre diesel engine. The 1.6-litre engine, fully imported (from Fiat), added Rs 1.4 lakh to the price of the car, which was just too steep for buyers to digest. But, with it gone, Maruti hasn’t supplemented the range with another engine. We would have also liked a petrol option but Maruti says it doesn’t have a suitable petrol motor at the moment. Also, there is no automatic option and, again, it’s down to the fact that the only option is an AMT, which the company is hesitant to use as the drive feel of an automated manual gearbox isn’t good enough for its flagship model. That leaves just the ubiquitous 1.3-litre diesel with a five-speed manual gearbox for the S-Cross, but the engine does see something new with the addition of Maruti’s smart-hybrid technology. Check for Maruti Suzuki S Cross in iiit-bh

If you have any experience driving a 1.3 diesel Maruti Suzuki in the past few years, the engine and gearbox will feel familiar. It’s a loud motor, but the NVH levels are the best we’ve seen from the current Maruti, and it stays relatively quiet in the cabin until you rev the engine above 3,000rpm. With 90hp and 200Nm of torque, the engine is adequate for the S-Cross for normal driving but when you want to drive with a sense of urgency, it’s a bit underpowered. The lack of grunt is most felt at low revs where this engine’s notorious turbo lag makes you work the five-speed gearbox a little bit more. On the bright side, the gearbox has a nice and slick feel while the clutch is not overly heavy.

This mild-hybrid set-up uses an Integrated Starter Generator motor to offer a mild torque-assist function that mainly aids fuel efficiency. It also features a start-stop system and brake energy regeneration. The system works seamlessly and the difference to the driving feel is negligible, but Maruti quotes a 7 percent increase in efficiency and a reduction in carbon dioxide outputs from around 115gm/km to 105.5gm/km.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Rideing

The S-Cross continues to ride on the same suspension setup, but it has been slightly retuned for the bigger wheels it gets now. The highlight of the S-Cross’ ride has to be the cabin composure. Irrespective of the size or shape of the uncertainties on the road, the suspension setup ensures that you aren’t tossed around much. Yes, there’s some body roll, but it’s there only when you’re pushing the S-Cross close to triple digit speeds.

The S-Cross’ steering has some weight to it at slow speeds which some may find a little too heavy when making u-turns or entering/exiting perpendicular lanes. But the same setup gives you great confidence on highways where you can maintain a straight line without many inputs.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Safety

Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child mounts come standard across the S-Cross range, kudos to Maruti for that. However, there are no side and curtain airbags like the European-spec S-Cross which scored a full 5 stars in the Euro and ASEAN NCAP crash tests. However, the S-Cross facelift also gets all 4 disc brakes. We all are aware what is the reach of Maruti’s network in India. A service centre can be found even in the remotest of areas. However, the S-Cross facelift will retail only through the NEXA channel, which is quite less in number when compared to the regular Maruti dealerships.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Price in Mumbai

Maruti Suzuki S Cross On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 9,86,690 to 13,34,153 for variants S Cross DDiS 200 Sigma and S Cross DDiS 200 Alpha respectively. Maruti Suzuki S Cross is available in 4 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki S Cross variants price in Mumbai. Check for S Cross price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki S Cross Bottomline

The S-Cross looks best in darker/brighter colours, while the Pearl Arctic White that our car came with, not doing enough justice to the lines or the silhouette. But more importantly, Maruti just might have priced themselves out in comparison to the competition. The S-Cross range starts at under INR 10 Lakhs in Mumbai (on-road) for the lower powered 1.3 litre engine, but the DDiS 320 series, 1.6 litre engine range starts at just under INR 14 Lakhs in Mumbai (on-road). We had the top-end, DDiS 320 Alpha and this was priced at just under INR 17 Lakhs in Mumbai (on-road). At this price, the S-Cross goes up in battle not just against the well-established Renault Duster but also the newest launch from Hyundai – the Creta. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out then

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