Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross to get 1.5L petrol engine. Pictured: Maruti Suzuki S-CrossMaruti Suzuki/press

Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car-maker, is actively working on the petrol models of the S-Cross premium crossover for the Indian market. According to AutoCar India, the S-Cross, Maruti's first offering through the Nexa premium dealership, is likely to get Suzuki M15 1.5-litre petrol engine.

The S-Cross is currently being offered only with diesel engines. It appears like the move has been triggered by NGT's (National Green Tribunal) decision to ban diesel vehicles. Coming back to the S-Cross, the said petrol crossover with a 1.5-litre engine is a four-cylinder unit,which will be tuned to churn out 100bhp at 5,900rpm and a peak torque of 133Nm at 4,100rpm. The transmission is likely to be taken care of by 5-speed manual gearbox. A 4-speed automatic transmission could also be on offer. 

The S-Cross is currently powered by 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.

It was reported earlier that the S-Cross could also get either the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol engine or the 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo-petrol unit. The S-Cross is currently sold with a price tag in the range of Rs. 8.03 lakh to Rs. 12.03 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The S-Cross has slowly managed to pick up sales in India after the company reduced the prices of the model. Maruti Nexa currently has two models in its line-up — the S-Cross and the Baleno. Maruti will also update the Baleno range with the Baleno RS, which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in February.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]

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