SUV segment is one of the most competitive segment to be in currently, with new manufacturers entering the market introducing their respective SUV. We saw Kia Motors introducing Seltos and MG Motors India introducing Hector. Maruti Suzuki is the top automobile manufacturer in the country with the largest market share hasn’t really done well in the segment. Maruti Suzuki’s offering in this segment is S-Cross which is against the big players such as Hyundai Creta.
Maruti Suzuki will launch the petrol-powered S-Cross in India next month. The model was revealed at Auto Expo 2020 and will continue to retail via Maruti’s Nexa chain of dealerships. While the price announcement of the S-Cross petrol was planned this month, the launch has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Maruti Suzuki has listed the S-Cross petrol on its website, indicating an imminent launch. The 2020 S-Cross will be equipped with a BS6 petrol engine and mild-hybrid tech. Maruti could launch it after April 24, once the 10-day period to sell leftover BS4 stock is over. It has cleared its BS4 inventory, but that period will still be dominated by others offering discounts, which could overshadow the new car launch.
The S-Cross swaps out the previously offered 90hp, 1.3-litre turbo-diesel engine for a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine. puts out 105hp and 138Nm of torque and will be available with 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox options.
The S-Cross petrol will most likely be available in four trim levels – Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha – with the higher three getting the automatic option. The S-Cross is expected to demand a slight premium over the current model’s Rs 8.81 lakh to Rs 11.44 lakh (ex-showroom) price range. However, Maruti Suzuki’s recent BS6 updates such as the Vitara Brezza have been priced lower than their diesel-only predecessors.