Rumours about the Maruti S-Cross petrol have circulated in the media for two years now. According to Team-BHP forum member GTO, its launch could take place later this year.
Maruti Suzuki was probably waiting for the future-ready K15B engine that debuted locally in the new Ciaz to launch the S-Cross petrol. This naturally aspirated four-cylinder mill may have the same specifications as in the sedan - 77 kW (104.7 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm. It should transfer power to wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Like the 2018 Maruti Ciaz petrol, the Maruti S-Cross petrol may feature the new generation 'Smart Hybrid' mild-hybrid system, which has a Lithium-ion and lead Acid dual-battery set-up. This system offers idle-start stop function for enhanced efficiency and torque assist function for a more sprightly acceleration. Braking charges the Lithium-ion and Lead Acid batteries powering the electric motor. A report that came out last month claims that ARAI will give a fuel economy rating of over 18 km/l for the crossover.
The Maruti S-Cross petrol will compete with the Hyundai Creta petrol, which has a more capable engine and better transmissions. The South Korean rival employs a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated mill developing 123 PS and 15.4 kg.m (151.02 Nm) of torque. 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic are the transmission choices.
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The Maruti S-Cross petrol’s prices could start at around 7.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Expect it in the same four grades as diesel: Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha.