Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: A last visit to the diesel-powered S-Cross. Carol Gilmore February 1, 2020 Auction There’s no denying the fact that the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross didn’t match the carmaker’s expectations when it was first launched here in 2015. Amidst other high-riding SUVs, the S-Cross was a uniquely styled crossover. The uniquely designed crossover, however, drew some criticism, for it simply didn’t have the aggression and stance of a butch SUV. So, Maruti Suzuki went ahead and thoroughly updated the S-Cross in 2017, just two years after its launch. With the facelift, the S-Cross was now butcher, much more aggressive, and significantly upmarket. In this transition, however, Maruti Suzuki discontinued the 1.6-litre diesel engine, due to lower demand. Therefore, the S-Cross was only available with the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre engine, albeit with the company’s SHVS technology. But things are about to change, as Maruti Suzuki will soon introduce a petrol-powered S-Cross, discontinuing this one, any time before April 2020. So, here’s a last look at the diesel-powered S-Cross. Specifications By and large, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross looks miles better than the model it replaces. Since it is a mid-cycle update, the dimensions remain almost identical. So, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is 4,300mm in length, 1,785mm in width, and 1,595mm in height. It has a bootspace of 353-litres. The wheelbase is a healthy 2,600mm. Moreover, the lower-spec Sigma variant tips the scale at 1,215kg. The ground clearance is 180mm. Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross comes with a sole engine-gearbox combination. As discussed above, the S-Cross is powered by the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre engine which is capable of producing 89bhp and 200Nm of torque. It only comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The engine is compliant with BS-IV emission standards. We expect Maruti Suzuki to replace the 1.3-litre diesel with the BS-VI compliant 1.5-litre petrol, which does its duty in the Ciaz. Mileage On the mileage front, the Maruti S-Cross impresses with a staggering 23.65km/l, as per ARAI. The fuel tank capacity is also great, at 48-litres. With a nice and large fuel tank, healthy fuel efficiency figure, and SHVS technology, the S-Cross is the perfect car for weekend getaways. Features For the price, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is decently kitted with features. It sure brings in a truckload of features to the table, including a set of LED-powered projector headlamps, LED DRLs, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED taillamps, and passive-entry sensors for the front two doors. On the inside, the cabin is finished in an all-black layout. The seats are draped in leatherette upholstery. The steeringwheel and gear knob are wrapped in leather too. The main highlight of the cabin is the 7.0-inch Smartplay infotainment system with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Then there are other features like cruise control, steering-mounted audio controls, climate control, automatic headlamps and wipers. Colours The S-Cross, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, NEXA Blue, Caffeine Brown, Pearl Arctic White, Granite Grey, and Premium Silver. Sufficed to say, the S-Cross looks its best in the NEXA Blue shade. Brochure All the details regarding the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure. Variants and Prices As of early-2020, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is available in four variants: All in the diesel-manual specification. The prices start at Rs. 8.80 lakh for the Sigma variant, with the Delta variant available at Rs. 9.92 lakh, and the Zeta variant retailing at Rs. 10.43 lakh. The top-of-the-line Alpha variant retails at Rs. 11.43 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The variant-wise on-road prices are available at autoX. For more on the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, be sure to tune in to autoX.