The first product of Marti Suzuki's Nexa premium dealerships, the S-Cross, seems to have lost the interest of buyers after initial excitement. The S-Cross, which overtook the sales of rivals such as the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster, is finding it difficult to find takers after six months of launch, and discounts from dealers have been initiated.
According to a report in MotorBeam, dealers in Mumbai are now offering discounts and benefits of up to Rs 5 lakh for variants of DDiS 320 that uses the 1.60-litre diesel engine. Reports also suggest dealers have huge inventory of the S-Cross DDiS 320 that needs to be cleared. This also has prompted the dealers to sell the cars with high discounts. IBTimes India's query to the dealership confirmed discount on S-Cross. However, the amount of discount is not revealed.
Maruti Suzuki launched the S-Cross as a premium crossover in August 2015 at a price ranging from Rs 8.34 lakh to Rs 13.74 lakh with the option of two diesel engines. The steep pricing has been criticised by experts in the auto Industry, and that seems to have dented sales. Within months of the launch, dealerships offered discounts of up to Rs 1 lakh in September and the company launched the Premia special edition December. Dealers in Delhi also offered the car with discounts of up to Rs 3 lakh towards the end of December.
The S-Cross has a 1.3-litre diesel motor that churns out 89bhp power and 200Nm torque, and another 1.6-litre diesel that is tuned to pump out 118bhp and 320Nm. The former engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the latter gets six-speed manual transmission.