Spied - Maruti SX4 S-Cross continues testing ahead of its launch next year

07/07/2014 - 12:42 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

The Maruti SX4 S-Cross was snapped on test recently by a member of The Automotive India.

Spied Maruti SX4 S-Cross testing side
The Maruti S-Cross will launch in India early next year.

The S-Cross was showcased in India for the first time at the Auto Expo this year. Its launch is expected in the early part of the next calendar year.

The SX4 S-Cross had its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show last year. In Europe, which happens to be the first market where the S-Cross went on sale, the crossover is available with 1.6-liter petrol and diesel engines. The petrol motor makes 120 PS (118.3 bhp) and 156 Nm of torque and comes paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT.

Spied Maruti SX4 S-Cross testing rear
The S-Cross will rival the likes of the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano.

The diesel motor, borrowed from Fiat, is capable of producing 120 PS (118.3 bhp) and 320 Nm of torque, and gets a 6-speed manual transmission. For the Indian version, the diesel engine could be sourced from Peugeot. The S-Cross can be specced to send power to only the front wheels, or all four wheels with Suzuki's ALLGRIP technology.

Spied Maruti SX4 S-Cross testing
The European S-Cross is powered by 1.6-liter petrol and diesel engines.

The S-Cross measures 4,300 mm in length, 1,765 mm in width, 1,575 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. The length of the car puts it outside the sub-4 meter crossover segment, and the pricing is hence expected to be closer to the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Mahindra Scorpio.

Competitors: Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai ix25

Expected Price: INR 8-11 lakhs, ex-Showroom

[Spy images from The Automotive India]

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