BS6 S-Cross petrol to be launched soon, to be powered by a 1.5-liter petrol engine.
Price is expected to be lower by about Rs. 1 Lakh as compared to the older generation diesel variant.
S-Cross was earlier available in only diesel variant. Going forward it will be available only on petrol variant.
Automatic transmission with four-speed torque converter will be optional.
It seems that bookings for BS6 S-Cross petrol version have been started by Maruti Suzuki. Maruti Suzuki dealerships have started accepting pre-bookings on the upcoming petrol powered S-Cross at a fully refundable token amount of ₹11,000.
Sources also revealed that the launch is around the corner, without specifying any dates. Some online reports have claim that Maruti Suzuki will offer the S-Cross petrol in three trims, but this is yet to be confirmed. The three variants are said to be Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.
BS6 1.5 liter K15B petrol engine will power the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. The egine generates maximum power of 103.5BHP and a peak torque of 138Nm. It will be coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and for the first time the S-Cross will also get a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The engine will benefit from Suzuki’s progressive SHVS mild-hybrid technology, which improves fuel-efficiency. Details on the fuel economy figures are not available yet, but it is expected that the S-Cross manual will return a mileage in excess of 20 KM per liter.
With the latest update, the S-Cross will chuck its old BS 4 compliant 89BP 1.3-liter mild-hybrid diesel engine coupled with to a 5-speed manual unit. This diesel engine has been discontinued entirely from the company's line-up, including Swift, Dzire & Ciaz, due to the unavailability of the BS 6 update.
Besides the change in mechanicals, the BS6 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross won't receive any updates to its exteriors or interiors.
While the last known price of its diesel variants extended from about ₹8.8 lakh to ₹11.4 lakh, the price of the new petrol offering should be lower by about Rs. 1 lakh. Lower starting price and the option of a petrol engine could help the car get more traction in its segment. The crossover will compete against the petrol versions of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster.
India's largest car maker also recently announced a 'Buy Now, Pay Later' scheme on select models to push sales since new car demand has fallen drastically over the last few weeks due to the nationwide lockdown. The company announced a partnership with Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Limited (CIFCL). Read Full details about that in this article.
Maruti Suzuki introduced the S-Cross petrol at the Auto Expo 2020. While the petrol powered model was slated to arrive sometime in March-April, the country-wide lockdown due to Covid-19 pushed back its launch plans to mid-2020.
Maruti Suzuki has strategically decided to do-away with the diesel engines completely and will not introduce any diesel option in engines below 1.5liter, which covers all the Maruti Suzuki cars sold in India as of today. As a result, it's converting all its previous diesel only offerings such as Vitara Brezza to petrol.
In future, if Maruti Suzuki launches any new cars in the higher range, then they may reintroduce diesel engines. The company otherwise believes that CNG cars are likely to be future of Indian cars in the next decade, so we are expecting to more CNG offerings as standard in the next few years.