Maruti Suzuki has been working on the launch of the 2019 S- Cross for quite some time now. Maruti Suzuki has announced that they will not offer diesel cars in the Indian market from April 1, 2020. This means that the upcoming S- Cross model will be offered with a petrol engine only, however, the automaker will also offer Smart Hybrid with the new model. Thought the manufacturer currently has few diesel-powered vehicles in the market but a few models like the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and the Vitara Brezza only offer diesel engines at the moment. Apart from these two, all other vehicles from Maruti Suzuki gets petrol engines too.
The petrol engine in question to be offered with the upcoming S- Cross is the company’s 1.5-liter K15 motor that powers the Ciaz and the updated Ertiga. The engine is capable of making 105 bhp of maximum power and 138 Nm of peak torque currently and is likely to be offered in the same state of tune with the upcoming S- Cross model. The engine also offers a mild hybrid system with a dual battery setup as seen on the existing Ciaz model. It will most likely to be coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission while an AMT version is also expected to be on offer.
Initially, Maruti Suzuki launched the S- Cross with a 1.3- liter diesel engine and 1.6- liter diesel engine in the Indian market. However, in 2017, when the facelifted version of the premium crossover was launched, Maruti dropped the 1.6- liter diesel engine to only offer 1.3- liter Multijet diesel engines in the country. Currently, only the 1.3- liter diesel engine with SHVS mild hybrid system is available in the market to be availed with the S- Cross.
The 1.5- liter petrol engine has been developed in-house by Suzuki; the automaker may also offer a 4- speed automatic transmission with the crossover. Till now, Maruti Suzuki has never offered an automatic transmission with the S- Cross and with an increasing demand for the AMT recently to compete with the rivals; the availability of an automatic transmission with the S- Cross petrol will surely be a smart move to increase sales.
Globally, the current gen Suzuki S- Cross is already available with petrol engines- a 1.0- liter Boosterjet petrol engine that powers the Baleno RS in India and a 1.4- liter Boosterjet engine available with the S-Cross. In terms of pricing, we can expect the petrol powered S- Cross to be cheaper than its diesel counterpart. However, in India, powering the S- Cross with turbocharged petrol engines will cause the price of the vehicle to go up and it will be a difficult move to justify in the price-sensitive Indian market. Also, it is expected to return some impressive fuel efficiency figures because of its mild hybrid system. When launched, the S- Cross 1.5 petrol will rival the petrol versions of the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Renault Captur in the Indian market. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming 2019 Maruti Suzuki S- Cross with Smart Hybrid in India.