Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Facelift: All You Need To Know

With the official launch of Maruti's flagship just weeks away, here's all the important information about the updated crossover


Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Things You Need to Know



The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross was the company's umpteenth attempt at growing into a player in the premium category and it has met with limited success. Rather than accept defeat, the company is giving the S-Cross a facelift, adding new equipment and making some drastic changes to make it more attractive. Here are all the changes:

1) Bye, Bye 1.6!

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The highlight of the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross at launch was the company's rather uncharacteristic decision of adding a sportier 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine along with the company staple 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine. 

While it was overall more fun, customers looking to use the S-Cross in the city found the turbo-lag and relatively poor city mileage as deal breakers. The majority of S-Cross customers found the S-Cross 1.6 too expensive too, forcing Maruti to offer the engine only with the top-of-the-line Alpha variant. 


Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Things You Need to Know



The 1.6-litre engine also reduced the profit margins for Maruti as it imported the engine directly from Fiat Italy than assemble it here like the 1.3-litre engine. All these reasons have combined to force Maruti to not offer the 1.6-litre engine in the S-Cross facelift.

2) Squeeze out even more from the 1.3

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Things You Need to Know



The only powertrain in the S-Cross facelift, the 1.3-litre DDiS 200, will be offered with Maruti's SHVS mild-hybrid system. While this does not offer any financial incentives, it does improve the claimed mileage of the car. The new S-Cross will have an official mileage of 25.1kmpl as compared to the earlier 23.65kmpl.

3) Petrol? No, no

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Things You Need to Know



The S-Cross will remain a diesel-only powertrain crossover. Maruti does not have a large petrol engine that could be plonked into the S-Cross. Internationally, it is offered with a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged and a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged engine.

4) Looks different

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Things You Need to Know



While the silhouette is no different, the front and rear of the crossover have received significant changes. The highlights are the new chrome grille, new headlamps, new hood, new front bumper and new taillights.


Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Things You Need to Know



Up front, the new headlamps encompass LED projectors instead of HID projectors. It also gets LED DRLs now, the pre-facelift car only had LED guide lights. The LEDs will be only available on the top-of-the-line Alpha variant.

At the side, the alloy wheel design is all new and are shod with fatter 215mm section tyres rather than the current 205mm-section tyres.


Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Things You Need to Know



At the rear too, the taillights are now almost entirely made up of LEDs.

5) A new colour

The S-Cross facelift will be offered in the Nexa-signature 'Stargaze Blue/Nexa Blue' instead of the 'Urban Blue' paint available now.

6) Much of the same

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Things You Need to Know



Apart from the above-mentioned changes, the S-Cross facelift is more or less the same as before. It will be available in four variants - Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. Equipment remains the same as before too.

More information about the S-Cross facelift is expected to be revealed closer to the launch. We expect prices of the S-Cross facelift to be in the Rs 8-11 lakh range. 

We will be driving the new S-Cross on the 27th and 28th of this month, look out for our first drive review.

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