Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest carmaker, started a new venture with the premium channel called NEXA. And this venture started with the launch of a crossover, the Maruti Suzuki SCross. One of the finest Maruti to ever come to our market, S-Cross is an underdog in the field for sure. So let’s take a look at the transition this crossover has been through.

2015 – Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Launched

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

Maruti Suzuki had earlier tried to launch premium cars in India through the normal channel. You all might remember the Kizashi and the Grand Vitara. The two cars failed. There were two major reasons behind this. One is no proper channel to sell the cars and the second being CBU route which added to the costs.

NEXA Experience
NEXA Experience

So, this time Maruti Suzuki was able to learn from the mistakes. A new channel was introduced. NEXA stands for New, EXclusive Automotive experience. And through this channel came S-Cross. It was brought to India via CKD or the Completely Knocked Down route, which kept the costs in check.

It was not the best selling one but yet turned many heads. The SUV stance with the looks of a hatchback confused a lot of people. But this crossover was nothing like a usual Maruti.

2015 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
2015 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

The bold front with Suzuki’s heritage grille, HID Projector headlamps with LED DRLs, the aerodynamic design, elegant contours at the side, rear combination lamps and the dynamic stance, this is what the S-Cross had to offer.

2017 – An All-New S-Cross is Launched!

2015 vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
2015 vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

The response for the 2015 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross was not as per the expectations of the company. So, in 2017, Maruti decided to revamp the crossover. Some of the major changes introduced were:

2015 vs 2017 S-Cross
2015 vs 2017 S-Cross
  • The all-new grille
  • New LED Headlamps with DRLs
  • Dynamic R16 Alloy Wheels
  • A new Instrument Cluster

But the major change in this iteration was that the DDis 320 Diesel Engine was removed from the option as the demand was low.

2020 – All-new S-Cross Petrol Launched

BS6 emission norms kicked in. The reign of diesel engines by Maruti Suzuki was put to an end. But the S-Cross from the beginning was offered with diesel engine options only. So, what was next for the crossover.

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol

Maruti Suzuki was India’s first carmaker to introduce BS6-compliant cars in the country. But the S-Cross was updated almost a year later, much recently.

The all-new S-Cross, on the design part, is just the same as that of the 2017 iteration. But the major changes have taken place under the hood. The 2020 S-Cross gets Maruti Suzuki’s BS6-compliant K15B petrol engine, the same engine that powers a lot of other Maruti cars.

2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol
2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Petrol

This engine comes mated to a 5-speed Manual transmission. But this time, Maruti has offered an automatic transmission too. It is the old-school tried and tested 4-speed AT. Take a look at our review of the 2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.

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Now it’s time we see what all changed under the hood with years!

S-Cross Engine and Transmission option | Through Ages

Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Engine Through Ages
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Engine Through Ages

Engine and Transmission | 2015-2020

2015 S-Cross  2017  2020 S-Cross Petrol
Engine DDiS 320 DDiS 200 Smart Hybrid DDiS 200 K15B Petrol
Capacity 1,598 1,248 1,248 1,462
Power@rpm 118hp@3,750 88.5hp@4,000 88.5hp@4,000 104hp@6,000
Torque@rpm 320Nm@1,750 200Nm@1,750 200Nm@1,750 138Nm@4,400
Transmission 6-speed MT 5-speed MT 5-speed MT 5MT / 4AT
Fuel Efficiency 22.25kmpl 23.65kmpl 23.65kmpl 18.55kmpl

Comfort and Convenience Features Through Ages

2015 2017 2020
17.8-inch Touchscreen SmartPlay Studio
Smartplay Infotainment (OLD)
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Tilt and Telescopic Steering
Auto AC
Cruise Control
Engine Push Start/Stop
Reclining Rear Seats
Steering Mounted Audio and Call Controls

Safety Features Through Ages

2015 2017 2020
ABS with EBD
Brake Assist
Dual Front Airbags
Reverse Parking Sensors with Camera
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
Front and Rear Disc Brakes
Rear Wiper
Rear Defogger
LED Projector Headlamps
HID Projector Headlamps
Hill-hold Assist

Dimensions Through Ages

2015 2017 2020
Length (mm) 4,300 No Change No Change
Width (mm) 1,765 1,785 1,785
Height (mm) 1,590 1,595 1,595
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 No Change No Change
Boot space (litres) 353 No Change No Change

So this was the S-Cross through ages for you. What do you think? Has the crossover gone downward while coming forward in time? Let us know in the comments section below.

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