If emerging reports on the web are anything to go by, all is not well with the first premium crossover of the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, which has had initial sales hiccups in the country, is reportedly planning to phase out its 1.6 litre variant.
A report of Shifting Gears indicates that the 1.6 litre variants of S-Cross, which has not been yielding good results in terms of sales in the market, may soon be axed in India. The latest buzz hit the internet soon after the reports of S-Cross dealers giving huge discounts of up to Rs 5 lakh on the model started doing the rounds. Hence, one may add it would not be surprising if Maruti withdraws the said variant from the roads. However, it remains to be seen how soon this will happen.
While poor sales of the model has been cited as one of the reasons for discontinuing the 1.6L variants of S-Cross, the steep pricing of the crossover is said to have resulted in poor demand. However, the company has not confirmed anything yet.
S-Cross is offered only in diesel engine options. Maruti S-Cross is available in two diesel engine options -- 200 DDiS 1.3-litre diesel motor that can churn out 89bhp of power and 200Nm of torque, and 320 DDiS 1.6-litre diesel that is tuned to pump out 118bhp and 320Nm of torque. The model in question, the 1.6L S-cross is offered in three variants -- Delta, Zeta and Alpha -- and has been priced between Rs 11.99 lakh to Rs 13.74 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
S-Cross is the first model to be sold through the new Nexa premium dealerships of Maruti. The current line up of Nexa includes two models S-Cross and Baleno and is soon likely to be joined by updated Ciaz and Suzuki Ignis.