It took the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross about 20 months for the car to achieve this milestone
Maruti Suzuki launched the S-Cross in India in August 2015 and with it kickstarted their premium Nexa dealerships. Unlike most Maruti Suzuki offerings, the S-Cross didn’t gain enough popularity on the sales charts owing to its high pricing, but now, after almost 20 months, the car has recorded sales of 50,000 units. Of these 50,000 units sold, nearly 46,000 were registered locally while the rest have been exported.
The car was launched at a starting price of Rs 8.34 lakh for the base model powered by a 1.3-litre mill while the top-spec variant with the 1.6-litre diesel carried a sticker price of Rs 13.74 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross didn’t offer adequate value which was one of the primary reasons for its limited sales. Just 6 months after the launch, the Manesar-based car maker slashed the prices of the S-Cross by over Rs 2 lakh. Currently, the S-Cross ranges from Rs 8.07 lakh for the base 1.3 diesel to Rs 12.04 lakh for the top-spec 1.6-diesel (ex-showroom Delhi). The revised prices too haven’t had a considerable impact on the sales numbers. The S-Cross has been consistently registering sales of about 2,000 units each month.
The S-Cross comes with two diesel engines to choose from - a 1.3-litre and a 1.6-litre. The lower spec variants have been plonked with the 1.3-litre motor that churns out 89bhp and 200Nm. This engine only comes mated to a 5-speed manual. The 1.6-litre diesel motor makes peak power of 118bhp and max torque of 320Nm. This engine has been paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 1.6-litre diesel is only available in the top-spec Alpha trim.
While the S-Cross was the first car to be sold from Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa dealerships, the company now also sells the Baleno, Baleno RS, Ciaz and the Ignis from there. Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch the S-Cross facelift sometime later this year.