Maruti S-Cross is set to be launched with a petrol engine on the 5th of August in the country. However, here's a video from Hungary that carries a hybrid setup
In the BS-6 era, Maruti has affirmed to avoid going the diesel way. The carmaker has stated that it will launch the cars with only Petrol and CNG motors. Also, Maruti has already discontinued diesel variants of all its models, while the Brezza, which used to be a Diesel-only car, has received a petrol motor. However, the S-Cross, which is another Maruti model that doesn't have a petrol engine option,, is yet to updated. Finally though, the comapny will launch the S-Cross with a petrol engine variant in the coming weeks.
This motor is offered with the SHVS mild-hybrid tech as standard on the Ciaz, while on the Vitara Brezza, only the automatic variants get the assistance of the SHVS system. It is highly likely that S-Cross will get this technology on both transmission variants. Interestingly, we recently came across a video from Hungary, where S-Cross and Vitara have been launched with a 48-Volt Mild Hybrid technology. Basically, the MY2020 S-Cross comes with the brand's mild hybrid tech in uprated 48-volt form. It also gains the company's K14D-series variant of the 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine. The hybrid system is claimed to offer 20% running cost improvement. The international-spec model also gets lockable 4WD system in the top version
Meanwhile, in India, the updated crossover will come with a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder K-series petrol motor. This naturally aspirated engine is capable of pushing out peak power and torque output sof 105 PS and 138 Nm, respectively. We feel that it is an acceptable substitute to the diesel engine in terms of its overall performance, frugality, and cost-effectiveness. With the new petrol motor under the hood, the S-Cross is likely to be priced at a lower starting price than its diesel-powered iteration. Also, this might help the S-Cross perform a little better on the sales tally.
Another aspect that this video highlight is the styling of the S-Cross. It remains largely the same with a posh-looking front facet and BMW X1-like silhouette. That said, certain tweaks are expected to be on the cards to give the S-Cross a fresher appeal. With the new powertrain in place, it will also be getting the updated SmartPlay infotainment system. Once launched, the S-Cross will rival the likes of Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and more.