The S-Cross, the first premium car Maruti Suzuki launched in August 2015 through its Nexa dealerships, came with diesel engines only. Latest reports indicate India's largest auto-company by market share is mulling over adding petrol engine options to the crossover.
The possible petrol engines for the S-Cross are either the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol engine or the 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo-petrol unit, reports Business Standard Motoring. The former is currently employed in the Ciaz sedan and develops a healthy 91bhp. The Boosterjet engine has been introduced in India in the Baleno RS concept at Auto Expo 2016 in February-beginning. This turbocharged petrol unit is expected to develop 110bhp and 170Nm of peak torque. The Boosterjet engine is also expected to power the newly launched Vitara Brezza compact SUV soon.
The addition of the petrol engine is expected to boost sales of the S-Cross, which saw a decline after the initial launch excitement. Maruti Suzuki launched the S-Cross in the price range of Rs 8.34 lakh to 13.74 lakh, and after a price cut due to poor sales, the crossover is now available from Rs 8.03 lakh to Rs 12.03 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. Maruti Suzuki has also launched a limited edition of the S-Cross with cosmetic add-ons for Rs 9.55 lakh.
The S-Cross is currently sold with a 1.3-litre diesel motor that churns out 89bhp power and 200Nm torque, and a 1.6-litre diesel engine tuned to pump out 118bhp and 320Nm. The former is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the latter gets six-speed manual transmission.