Maruti Suzuki launches 2020 S-Cross: Highlights
Here are the highlights from the 2020 S-Cross launch event.
What do you make of the new S-Cross? Power package or new wine in an old bottle?
S-Cross is likely to attract a rather niche buying audience. It is good to see it in a petrol format and with auto transmission, and other cabin features but the competition it faces is just too strong.
Refined performer, says Maruti
Maruti Suzuki is confident that the new S-Cross reinvents itself and backs it all up with high safety standards. The car has been extensively tested at Maruti's R&D facility in Rohtak.
Biggest question! What's the price of new S-Cross?
Maruti Suzuki 2020 S-Cross starts at ₹8.39 lakh (ex showroom).
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Maruti makes a case for the design and engine.
The new S-Cross' imposing front grille with generous dose of chrome is highlighted. The rear combination light also seeks to give it a visual appeal.
The petrol engine is promised as a refine motor that offers a balance of performance and mileage.
The launch event of new S-Cross begins.
It is the start of virtual launch for Maruti Suzuki.
What to expect from the new S-Cross?
The biggest highlight of the new S-Cross is going to be what is under the hood.
Diesel cars were a rage when the S-Cross was first launched in India but the subsequent years have seen demand dwindle. The transition to BS 6 norms meant upgrading the diesel engines was not deemed feasible by a few, like Maruti.
Therefore, the debut of Maruti's 1.5-litre K Series petrol engine in the new S-Cross is, undoubtedly, the biggest highlight awaited.
Then there is the option of choosing an auto transmission unit. This, alongwith a petrol engine, were long-standing demands from customers and Maruti has finally addressed it.
S-Cross has and will be continued to be offered under the Nexa premium brand.
Wind in sales
Maruti has sold around 1.25 lakh units of the S-Cross till date.
What helped the car trudge along was timely facelifts and feature additions in the hopes of finding newer takers.
Capable engine, muted design appeal
The first-generation S-Cross was known for being a reliable performer even if its looks never really inspired a whole lot of awe. Hyundai Creta was launched around the same time and became a talking point for many.
Nonetheless, there was no taking away from the fact that the diesel unit received much praise.
A journey of five years
S-Cross was first launched in India back in 2015. It came at a time when the field of play was much smaller than what it is today. Compact SUVs were few and sub-compact SUV was still a rather alien concept. Sedans did good numbers and the overall demand in the Indian auto market was robust.
Clearly, much has changed in all these years.