Maruti Suzuki recently revealed the new generation of their S-Cross on the 26th of November with a launch date most likely in India in early 2022.
Suzuki has released the first pictures and details of the second-generation & the all-new Suzuki S-Cross gets fresh new styling inside and out, is underpinned by an updated version of the Global C platform and comes powered by Suzuki’s 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine. The interior gets a few touch-ups, gets a larger touchscreen infotainment system, and packs the latest technology, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Under the hood, globally, the new S-Cross continues to be powered by Suzuki’s 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine that produces 127hp and 235Nm of peak torque, which is the same as the current outgoing model. The new S-Cross uses a 48V mild-hybrid system that adds 13.5PS and 50Nm to the overall output and assists the car’s 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine.
The crossover’s new-generation model comes with an entirely revised front. The new S-Cross adopts a larger piano black front grille flanked by three-point LED headlights building upon its urban and boxy look. It now features an XL6-like front face that adds to the overall bold appeal. The squared-off wheel arches, chunky rear bumper and black cladding all around only reinforce the point. However, that comes as a surprise because the crossover is pretty much the same. It is 4,300 mm long, 1,785 mm wide, and 1,585 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm.
While Suzuki has gone to great lengths to freshen up the exterior, the same cannot be said for the interior. The dashboard is almost identical to the older S-Cross, and this design hasn’t changed since 2013 (the pre-facelift S-Cross). The door panels are similar to the outgoing one, and so is the steering wheel, the centre console with the climate control and power window switches and even the gear lever. The only change that stands out is the new 9-inch touchscreen. A change in the overall layout would have gone miles in giving this S-Cross the wow factor. Personally, we feel that the car looks a little dated with the interiors, especially given where the competition is heading in the market with all the plushness on the insides too.
In addition to the current features, the all-new S-cross also offers a SmartPlay Studio touchscreen 9-inch infotainment unit. Moreover, the feature list now includes ADAS tech, which provides the added safety of adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, autonomous braking and more which is the best update this car has got. The new-gen model even comes with heated front seats and a 360-degree parking camera.
The new-gen Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will renew its rivalry with the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun, and MG Astor.
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