Maruti S-Cross is the current flagship for India’s largest selling car brand Maruti Suzuki in India. A very capable and versatile car, which couldn’t do well in the market as expected. However, Maruti is not ready to leave any stones unturned.
Maruti has given a nip and tuck job to the 2017 S-Cross. Let’s check it out.
The front end gets some extensive changes. The large toothy chrome grille will be the first thing that catches your attention. The headlamps get a new design and packs in LED projector lamps on the top Alpha variant. Headlamps also house eye-brow DRLs. The front bumper also gets a new design. The side profile remains unchanged except for the new 16-inch machine-polished classy wheels. The changes at the rear are minimal with new design LED tail lamps
The changes inside are minimal. The dashboard design and layout gets carried over from the previous model. However, Maruti has upped the material quality by using soft-touch materials here and there inside the cabin. The brilliant touchscreen infotainment system gets Android Auto ( the Previous model had only Apple CarPlay). Piano-black and satin-finish chrome elements add class to the dashboard design.
Front seats are pretty wide and large to accommodate even XL frames in comfort. The top Alpha variants get seats wrapped in leather. The rear seats are also pretty wide and can accommodate three abreast. Lack of a rear AC vent is surprising at this price point. There is enough leg and shoulder room at the front as well as the rear. The boot is a decent 375-liter. The rear seats can be folded 60:40 which adds the practicality. Overall, the S-Cross has a spacious and practical interior.
The top variants come packed with features like auto headlamps, rain-sensing automatic wipers and cruise control. Also, S-Cross gets twin airbags and ABS standard across all variants.
Engine and Performance
The S-Cross comes with just one engine option, the most popular 1.3 multijet diesel power pot. Maruti has withdrawn the more powerful and significantly expensive 1.6 diesel engine from the S-Cross assembly table. Also, there is no automatic option available for the S-Cross. The 1.3 diesel engine this time comes strapped with Maruti’s smart-hybrid tech.
With 90 hp and 320 Nm torque on tap, the car is decently powered for normal daily drives. However, push the car a little bit and you would appreciate if the engine had more power. Also, the infamous turbo lag still exists and the low-end grunt is lacking. There is a noticeable surge once the turbo starts spooling past the 1700 rpm. The mild-hybrid set up uses an integrated starter generator which offers some torque assist that aids in improving the fuel efficiency, Maruti claims a 7% improvement in fuel efficiency due to this.
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Ride and Handling
The suspension is tuned well for good handling and a matured ride. The suspension offers a pliant ride while absorbing bumps and road undulations well. Also, the car handles pretty well on tight corners instilling confidence in the driver. The car offers great straight-line stability and you can cruise at triple digits all-day with ease. Also, Maruti has given a wider tire on the 2017 S-Cross. 205/60R16 JK Elanzos give way to wider 215/60 R16 JK Royales, which translates to more grip and improved ride quality. S-Cross gets discs on all four wheels.