The petrol version of the Maruti S-Cross is expected to be launched in India later this month. It will share powertrain with the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Maruti Ciaz
The implementation of the stringent BSVI norms has put the diesel-powered cars in a tough spot. There are a lot of diesel models that have not been upgraded to the new norms, which has, in turn, led to the discontinuation of these cars in the BSVI era. In a similar fashion, Maruti Suzuki has decided to phase out all of its diesel variants from its product range. That means the outgoing diesel-only models are in for a transformation.
As per several reports, the Maruti S-Cross, which was only available with a diesel engine earlier, is set to receive a petrol engine option this July. That said, the company is yet to reveal the official launch date of the S-Cross' petrol model. From the looks of it, the product training of the dealership staff has already taken place, which means the launch of the updated car should be just around the corner.
Earlier this year, Maruti Suzuki introduced the Vitara Brezza petrol model as a replacement for the diesel version. Like the S-Cross, the Vitara Brezza was also on sale with a single diesel engine option which was then discontinued by the company ahead of the BSVI rollout. Following the Vitara Brezza, the S-Cross is slated to become the next diesel-only car to get a petrol engine transplant.
As reported earlier, the petrol engine being used in all Maruti cars above C1-segment is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated mill that has been upgraded to meet the BSVI standards. The discontinuation of the diesel engine might be compensated by an SHVS mild hybrid system. This unit is said to be capable of raising the fuel economy of the petrol-powered crossover by 10%.
Just like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the S-Cross petrol engine variant will offer a maximum power of 104PS and a peak torque of 138Nm. It will be available with a 5-speed manual transmission along with a 4-speed torque converter as an option. Do note that since its first launch, the Maruti S-Cross never got an automatic transmission.
While the Maruti S-Cross petrol was expected to be showcased at Auto Expo 2020, the carmaker chose to put on display the diesel model instead. However, it must be noted here that the petrol version will look exactly like the now-defunct diesel version. As far as the prices are concerned, the petrol-powered Maruti S-Cross is expected to be positioned in the same range as the older diesel model, which was priced from Rs 8.80 to 11.43 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).