The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross may not have been able to execute everything it is capable of, and that is quite evident on the meagre sales in the domestic market. The sales figure has always been okay, but not staggering at all. And trust me when I say this – the car is capable of much more.
The number of SUVs and crossovers have been increasing at a tremendous rate over the years and hence, the competition too. Considering this factor, the sale of many of the cars in this segment has dropped marginally, which makes it a great time for the new Maruti S-Cross facelift to make it big in the market, and to make up for everything that it could not achieve while it was in its first generation.
The currently sold SUVs and crossovers, through their downslide (marginally though), make an awesome build up as we get into the last quarter of 2017.
The Ford EcoSport is a wonderful car and has been one of the highly rated crossover SUVs since its launch. However, recently, the car fell with around 20% in the sales over the last one year. The car is often known as a hatchback that has taken a high dose of steroid.
The Ford EcoSport is offered in both petrol as well as diesel engine trims, each having a capacity of 1.5-litre. The petrol engine makes a maximum power of 110 bhp along with a peak torque of 140 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel engine makes a maximum power of 99 bhp along with a peak torque of 2015 Nm. Apart from these, the company also offers 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which eventually turns out to be the most powerful version. It makes a maximum power of 124 bhp along with a peak torque of 170 Nm.
The Renault Duster is the most popular Renault car in the Indian market. However, it could not replicate the same sales figure in the recent times as it did when it was new and centre of attraction. The sales of the Duster SUV have almost halved in the recent times, even though it offers a very wide range of options within its trim levels.
The Renault Duster is offered in a 1.5-litre petrol motor and two trims of1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol mill offers 1.5 bhp of maximum power and 142 Nm of peak torque. The lower tuned diesel mill makes 85 bhp power and 200 Nm torque, while the other version makes 108 bhp power and 248 Nm torque.
The Hyundai Creta is slowly gaining popularity in this segment. The car has recently managed to get a huge demand, especially in this year. It looks mesmerizing and even at that size, it is extremely spacious. It is marginally smaller than the S-Cross but has a big boot space.
The Creta is available is a 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine along with a smaller 1.4-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine makes a maximum power of 122 bhp along with a peak torque of 154 Nm. The bigger diesel makes 126 bhp of power and 265 Nm of torque, while the smaller diesel engine makes a maximum power of 89 bhp along with a peak torque of 224 Nm.
Let’s talk about the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross looks premium, much more than the Duster and the EcoSport. It has a sober design language, much different than the regular passenger SUVs. It is not muscular, butch or anything that the Ford or the Renault car is. Instead, it is all about class and less about the brash attitude. It is extremely feature-rich as well. It has ABS and safety airbags in all the trim levels, something that few of the Indian cars lack.
In terms of the power plant, the S-Cross was initially offered with a 1.3-litre and a 1.6-litre (both DDiS). However, with this facelifted version of 2017, the company discontinued the bigger engine. This means, the car will just get a 1.3-litre diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission engine. The engine is capable of making a maximum power of 89 bhp at 4,000 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 200 Nm at 1,750 revs per minute.
How is it better than the rest?
The design, without a doubt. The 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is designed with a touch of premiumness and a lot of chrome inserts all over that is enough to add to the attractiveness. It gets a little masculine now with the additional plastic cladding all around the lower skirt.
Are there any negatives?
Yes, there is. All of it belongs to the mechanical front. Firstly, the S-Cross lacks a petrol engine, which would have brought the price of the base variant way below the mark now. Second, the car does not have an automatic or an AMT gearbox yet, which would have of course been a welcome addition.