Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch the SX4 S-Cross by the end of January 2015.
Showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the S-Cross will sit in the premium crossover space and will compete against the likes of Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport etc.
Reports now suggest that the S-Cross will get a host of India-specific features. These include a dual-slat chrome front grille and chrome accents on the tail lamp to suit the Indian love for chrome on cars.
The S-Cross will be available in only two trim levels, in both petrol and diesel engine options. The base Lxi / Ldi trim level will be dumped and only the Vxi / Vdi and Zxi / Zdi trim levels will be available.
The top end, Zxi / Zdi variants will feature HID projector headlamps, LED DRLs, turn indicators on ORVMs, 14-spoke alloy wheels, side skirt silver garnish, silver garnish on front & rear bumper, silver roof rails, roof mounted antenna, chrome surround for the front fog lamps, etc. The lower Vxi / Vdi variants will get halogen headlamps and 10-spoke alloy wheels.
Inside the SX4-Cross, things are similar to what we saw at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. All-black dashboard with silver accents around the AC vents and around the centre console. Steering wheel is a three-spoke all-black unit and is similar to some of the Maruti cars available on sale. Instrument cluster had a blue backlit & top section of the dashboard seems to have a glossy finish.
The SX4 S-Cross is expected to be powered by a 1.6L diesel motor mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The AWD AllGrip system can be provided in India. Lower end models are expected to be powered by the popular 1,3L MultiJet diesel motor. For petrolheads, a 1.4L K-Series petrol engine could also be on offer.
Although not a full grown SUV, the pricing will be slightly optimistic on the S-Cross. Expect Maruti to launch it in a estimated price bracket of Rs. 7.5 – 9 lakh (ex-showroom).
Source – Motorbeam