While we believe Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch the new Baleno hatchback and Jimny SUV in India, the Indo-Japanese automaker may also introduce the new S-Cross.
This is because Suzuki has already revealed the all-new S-Cross model for international markets, and it will benefit Maruti Suzuki commercially to launch the new S-Cross in India in order to compete in one of the most competitive segments in the Indian automotive market.
In terms of the new Suzuki S-Cross, the new model is now built on an updated version of the Global C platform and looks significantly more SUV-like than the outgoing S-Cross sold in India.
According to sources, the new Suzuki S-Cross is also one of the most feature-packed vehicles in its segment, featuring a 360-degree surround-view camera, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.
Additionally, the new Suzuki S-Cross features Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which include driver assistance and active safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and emergency autonomous braking.
Having said that, the updated Suzuki S-Cross appears slightly more substantial and masculine than the outgoing Indian version, owing to its upright frontend, which features a larger gloss-black front grille and LED headlights.
Moving to the sides, the silhouette appears slightly boxier than the previous model, and the chunky cladding blends seamlessly with the front and rear bumpers, lending the vehicle a rugged and tough appearance.
The new Suzuki S-rear Cross’s end is restyled with a pair of large clear lens wrap-around taillamps, an integrated roof spoiler, and a chunkier reprofiled rear bumper.
Unlike most updates, however, the new Suzuki is actually 10mm shorter than the previous model, measuring 1,585 mm in length. While the exterior dimensions such as length, width, and wheelbase remain unchanged from the previous model at 4,300 mm, 1,785 mm, and 2,600 mm, respectively.
The new Suzuki S-Cross is powered by an all-new 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with mild hybrid technology in international markets. This engine produces a healthy 125.2bhp and 235Nm of torque, which is approximately 21.7bhp and 97Nm more than the outgoing model in India.
However, this engine may not make it to India, with Maruti Suzuki likely to stick with the tried-and-true 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine producing 103.3bhp and 138Nm of torque.
Apart from that, the Suzuki S-Cross is available in international markets with Suzuki’s renowned All-Grip all-wheel-drive system. The Indian version, on the other hand, may forego this system in favour of a more fuel-efficient front-wheel-drive configuration.
Overall, the new Suzuki S-Cross looks and feels much more upmarket and SUV-like in India than the outgoing model did, and it comes equipped with a slew of additional features. However, it would be ideal if Maruti Suzuki offered the more powerful 1.4-litre turbocharged engine as an option.
While the new Suzuki S-Cross comes equipped with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), all-wheel drive, and a significantly more powerful engine, the Indian version may be devoid of these features in order to keep production costs low and prices competitive in the Indian market.