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 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.
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.
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!
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:
- 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 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.
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
Engine and Transmission | 2015-2020
|2015 S-Cross||2017||2020 S-Cross Petrol|
|Engine||DDiS 320||DDiS 200||Smart Hybrid DDiS 200||K15B Petrol|
|Transmission||6-speed MT||5-speed MT||5-speed MT||5MT / 4AT|
Comfort and Convenience Features Through Ages
|17.8-inch Touchscreen SmartPlay Studio|
|Smartplay Infotainment (OLD)|
|Apple CarPlay and Android Auto|
|Tilt and Telescopic Steering|
|Engine Push Start/Stop|
|Reclining Rear Seats|
|Steering Mounted Audio and Call Controls|
Safety Features Through Ages
|ABS with EBD|
|Dual Front Airbags|
|Reverse Parking Sensors with Camera|
|ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors|
|Front and Rear Disc Brakes|
|LED Projector Headlamps|
|HID Projector Headlamps|
Dimensions Through Ages
|Length (mm)||4,300||No Change||No Change|
|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.