Maruti Suzuki is leaving no stone unturned to cement their position in the domestic auto industry. The SX4 S-Cross, Maruti's first crossover-SUV has been spied testing on Indian roads for the first time, suggesting the possible arrival of the vehicle in the subcontinent market soon.
The test mule of SX4 S-Cross was snapped in Manali by the folks at AutoCarIndia. Unveiled first at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, Maruti S-Cross, is speculated to hit the domestic market in early 2015. Under the hood, the entrée of Maruti in crossover-SUV is likely to pack 1.6-litre diesel engine which can churn out a power of 118bhp and a peak torque of 32kgm and is expected to come coupled to six-speed manual gearbox.
In the international market, S-Cross is offered with Suzuki's 'Allgrip' all-wheel-drive system and the vehicle is the replacement of SX4. It is not clear if Maruti will espouse the same features in India bound S-Cross. If reports are to be believed, the S-Cross would accommodate features like LED daytime-running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, scuff plates and black cladding.
Maruti is likely to price its first offering in the fast growing crossover-SUV segment in the range of ₹13-14 lakh.
Besides, S-Cross, Maruti is also expected to launch a new sedan Ciaz in the country. Ciaz, the replacement of SX4 in the country is expected to reach the market by the end of this year. First seen at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014, Ciaz is based on the Suzuki Authentics concept car and is likely to come with 1.3 liter Multijet diesel or 1.4 liter K Series petrol engine of Ertiga. The car will be pitted against Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento in the sub-continent and is expected to fall in the price brackets of ₹7.2 lakh to ₹10.5 lakh.
Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki's total sales for the month of May witnessed a growth of 19.2 percent in India. The total vehicle sales for the month of May stood at 1,00,925 units as against the 84,677 units in the corresponding month last year. The domestic sales of the company rose to 90,560 units last month from the 77,821 units in May 2014; registering an increase of 16.4 percent. The export of the company also saw a growth of 51.2 percent to 10,365 units in May 2014, against 6,856 units in the corresponding month last year.