Imported from Hungary, available in both 2WD and AWD options.
The India-bound Suzuki SX4 S-Cross has been launched in Japan at a price of 2,041,200 Yen (INR 10.67 lakhs) for the 2WD and 2,257,200 Yen (INR 11.8 lakhs) for the Allgrip 4WD version. But unlike in India where Maruti will manufacture and sell the vehicle, the SX4 S-Cross in Japan comes from Suzuki's plant in Hungary.
Positioned as a replacement to the erstwhile SX4 hatchback, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross crossover draws power from a 1.6-litre VVT engine that makes 117 PS at 6,000 rpm and 151 Nm at 4,400 rpm. While a report suggests that the engine could be replaced by a turbocharged 1.4-litre unit, the company is yet to announce anything on that front. A 7-step CVT does the transmission duties, while the Allgrip AWD system comes with user-selectable modes.
Measuring 4,300 mm in length, 1,756 mm in width, and 1,575 mm in height, the vehicle is available in four colours, gets contrasting cladding, skid plates at both front and rear, and 17-inch wheels. On the inside, the vehicle gets climate control, cruise control, a 420-litre boot, seat heater, steering adjustable for both reach and rake, and paddle shifters for operating the CVT gearbox.
According to a recent report, the vehicle is expected to reach India in the first half of this year, but whether or not the Allgrip system is included remains to be seen.
Expected Price: INR 8-11 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: May 2015 in India
Competitors: Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio, Renault Duster, Hyundai ix25
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