Maruti Suzuki had launched its first premium product, S-Cross, via Nexa dealerships in July 2015. Suzuki, the Japanese parent of Maruti Suzuki, later unveiled the new version of the crossover at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. The facelift model is also slated for India, but its launch date is uncertain.
Emerging reports indicate that the S-Cross facelift will enter the Indian market around the festive season this year. "S-Cross will get refreshed and launch will take place around Diwali," Autocar quoted CV Raman, executive director - research and development, Maruti Suzuki India, as saying.
On the design front, the changes in the new S-Cross are subjective. The new face gets a re-styled front bumper and a larger radiator grille. The chrome overdosed grille with vertical slats is flanked by the new projector headlamps.
The headlamp unit also comes with integrated daytime running lamps. While the side profile of S-Cross remains untouched, the rear features slightly redesigned tail lamps and bumper. On the inside, the basic layout has been left largely unchanged. It gets features like new instrument cluster dials with MID and new seat upholstery with contrast stitching.
The new S-Cross for the global markets was unveiled with 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine with four-wheel drive (4WD). Chances of this engine for India-spec model are unlikely. The current 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre diesel mills are expected to carry over for the new version. The 1.3-litre diesel motor churns out 89bhp power and 200Nm torque and 1.6-litre diesel engine is tuned to pump out 118bhp and 320Nm.
Being a premium model, the new version of the S-Cross will be loaded features such as parking camera, Maruti's Smartplay infotainment system, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, auto climate control and cruise control. Similar to the existing version, the new S-Cross will be sold via Nexa premium dealership range alongside Ciaz, Baleno, Ignis and Baleno RS.