Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car-maker, launched the S-Cross, its first premium offering to be sold through the premium dealership Nexa, last July. Now as the model completes a year in the country, emerging reports suggest that Maruti has sold over 30,000 units of the S-Cross in the country so far.
Maruti had a faltering start with the S-Cross as the model was priced a bit on the higher side. The S-Cross was priced in the range of Rs. 8.34 lakh to Rs. 13.74 lakh when it was launched. The higher pricing is believed to have had a direct impact on the sales of the model and the company was later forced to cut the prices of the S-Cross by up to Rs. 2 lakh. The Nexa dealership also offered huge discounts on the S-Cross to woo the customers. The demand has gone up after the price cut.
The S-Cross' engine line-up includes a 1.3-litre diesel motor that churns out 89bhp power and 200Nm torque, and a 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.
Maruti is expected to bring the facelifted avatar of the S-Cross to India in early 2017. The S-Cross facelift will go on sale in the European market in September. In the international market, the crossover will now employ Suzuki's 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine, which can churn out 139bhp of power and 220Nm of torque. Currently, in the international markets, the S-cross is sold with the options of a 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine. In India, the S-cross is likely to be sold with the same 1.3-litre and the 1.6-litre diesel engine, which does duty in the existing model.