Maruti Suzuki has revealed that it will be bringing back the S-Cross with a petrol heart. The engine in question is Suzuki’s K15 petrol engine with mild hybrid tech.
Maruti Suzuki has announced the comeback of its S-Cross hatchback on its Nexa website. Production for the S-Cross ended in January 2020 owing to Maruti Suzuki ceasing production of its diesel cars and since the S-Cross from the very beginning was a diesel only model, its end was but inevitable. Now though, Maruti Suzuki has announced that it will be bringing back the upscale crossover styled hatchback with a petrol engine. The engine in question here without a doubt is Suzuki’s K15 petrol engine that is currently doing duty in the Ciaz mid-size sedan and Ertiga MPV. In fact, the engine recently debuted in the Brezza compact SUV as well, which like the S-Cross up until recently was also a diesel only model.
Coming back to the upcoming S-Cross petrol, the 1.5 litre engine will continue to be offered in the same spec as the other Maruti Suzuki cars it powers. So the four cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine will develop 103bhp @ 6,000rpm and 138Nm @ 4,400rpm. The engine will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission while a four-speed automatic may also be on offer. This powertrain option will come with Suzuki’s mild hybrid tech that boosts fuel efficiency by quite the margin.
The only fly in the ointment here could be the heavier kerb weight of the S-Cross over the Ciaz. But considering that the Brezza and the Ertiga weigh similar to the S-Cross, we have a yardstick for its expected performance.
In the past, we’ve loved the S-Cross for its ride comfort and cross country touring abilities given the performance of its 1.6 litre and 1.3 litre diesel engines. But this time around the S-Cross will offer a livelier driving experience with the lack of turbo lag of its 1.6 litre diesel engine and the top-end punch of its new 1.5 litre engine.
This, however, will not be the end of the road for Maruti Suzuki’s diesel cars in India as the company is working to make its new 1.5 litre diesel engine BS6 compliant. You can read more about it here - Maruti Suzuki diesel cars to make a comeback
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