Betting on an updated design and high-end features Maruti Suzuki aims to boost demand for the S- Cross, it’s lowest selling car in India. After spending some time with the S -Cross, it looks like Maruti has got a winner here.
Upfront, let’s set aside the stigma of the lack of interest in a premium car from a “not so premium” manufacturer. And for a moment let’s forgive(we will cover it in detail on our full review) the potential sore spot, the Fiat sourced 1.3L DDiS engine that Maruti has been using and abusing across its entire line up. If we had a national engine, this one could potentially be it. It is no surprise that Maruti decided to ditch the 1.6L unit, given it’s stunningly poor sales But we are hearing rumors that the engine may make a comeback.
Lets take a more holistic approach and look at the S- Cross for what it really stands for. For starters, the build quality is pretty great. Yes! this is coming from same the people who bashed the New Dzire for it sub-par build. The S- Cross is hands down the best built Maruti on sale in India right now.
The Exterior Design
The pre face-lift S-Cross was aesthetically challenged to be polite . The design was dull and plain looking. Though the form factor was good, something didn’t feel right. The headlamps were unappealing, the alloys looked like wheel cups and I could go on and on.
But I digress. The 2017 S-Cross is a head turner. Everything from the new projector headlamps(now all variants come with em) ,to the LED tail lamps exudes refinement.
The prominent all metal grille and the snazzy head lamps give the front end a sense of purpose. The bumper is well crafted and the fog-lamps blend in seamlessly. The car looks brawny from the sides with the strong character lines and the dynamic alloy wheels. The rear is elegant. It is safe to say that this time the S- Cross’s design has checked the right boxes, at least in my eyes (as looks are incredibly subjective).
The interior of the S- Cross is nothing fancy. But it has a touch of class, though the good old steering wheel from the Swift should have been replaced with a new one. The material quality is commendable and there is generous use of leather and soft touch plastic. The dashboard layout is ergonomic and the instrument cluster looks sharp.
There are plenty of storage spaces scattered around the cabin, speaking of which, it feels roomy owing to the large glass areas. The driver seat is a joy to sit in. The visibility is also good. Jumping to the rear, there is ample amount of space, both in terms of head and leg room. The seats themselves provide adequate thigh support but could’ve been a little softer. The absence of a rear A/C vent is a missed opportunity.
You can fit a lot into the S- Cross’s boot with ease, thanks to the wide opening, the flat loading area and the 60:40 split seats. The boot is loaded with handy features like a 12V power outlet and tethering points. The spare wheel and the tool kit are neatly tucked under the boot floor. There are no dangling wires inside the boot.
Now the engine! Under the hood, the 2017 S-Cross right now can only be had with a 4 cylinder 1.3L Diesel engine , dubbed the DDiS 200 Smart Hybrid Diesel Engine, producing close to 90bhp@4000rpm and 200nm@1750rpm. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.
If first impressions are any indication, there’s a good deal of stuff to like about the new S-Cross . So is it really for you? And is it worth the premium? We will find out. Stay tuned for the full review.