The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross which was offered only with a diesel engine all this while will soon see the introduction of a petrol engine in the wake of the BS-VI era.
Maruti Suzuki will be phasing out their diesel engines once the BS-VI emission norms become effective from April. That leaves their diesel only cars – Vitara Brezza and S-Cross – to inevitably be offered with petrol engines. We have already reported that the Vitara Brezza would be introduced with a petrol engine in early 2020. Now we have come to know that Maruti Suzuki will be introducing the S-Cross with a petrol engine towards the end of this year.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will use the 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder petrol engine that already powers the new-gen Ertia and the Ciaz facelift. Just like in the other two cars, the S-Cross is also expected to come with Suzuki’s SHVS dual-battery mild-hybrid system. This engine produces 103.5bhp and 138Nm of peak torque on the Ertiga and Ciaz. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual gearbox and 4-speed torque converter automatic.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is currently available with a 1.5 Liter diesel engine which produces 90 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque. There’s only one transmission option available and that’s a 5-speed manual. Earlier, the S-Cross also came with a 1.6 liter diesel engine but its been some time since it has been discontinued.
Having said that, Maruti Suzuki hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of any Maruti Suzuki car coming with a diesel engine in the near future. Maruti have said that they will consider upgrading the 1.5L DDiS225 engine to BS-VI compliance if there is sufficient demand in the market. Considering Indian customers and their preference for fuel economy, the demand for diesel cars perhaps will not die so soon. There is every possibility we will still see diesel engines in Maruti Suzuki cars.
The Indian automotive industry has been going through a massive slowdown for many months now. Maruti Suzuki – India’s largest carmaker – has been losing ground significantly because of that. With the launch of these petrol versions of the S-Cross and then the Brezza, Maruti might just be able to gain some ground again.