India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch its highly anticipated crossover car SX4 S-Cross, or Maruti reportedly plans to name it, Across within next couple of months.
The car which will be Maruti’s first crossover vehicle for the Indian market is likely to come both on petrol and diesel options with plans for an all-new unit diesel motor. The SX4 A-Cross will be launched as a direct competition to India’s most popular compact SUV Renault Dusterand Ford EcoSport. Maruti Suzuki is yet to announce the official price range of the new car but as for a speculations go we are quite sure that the SX4 S-Cross will be priced in the range of INR 8-14 lakhs.
Exterior and Design:
The crossover has been majorly designed based on the hatchback version of the SX4 sedan, which was never launched in India. Having said that, with the sudden demand for compact utility vehicle, has prompted Maruti to release the new crossover vehicle in India.
In terms of exterior features the Indian bound SX4 ACross slightly resembles its sedan cousin when we see the front but apart from that the rest of the car is completely new. The India bound model will also see some modification as far as design goes. For instance, unlike the global version’s 3-piece horizontal slat grille, the one on-test in India only has two slats. Moreover, the Indian version looks smaller in size as compared to its European counterpart.
Interiors and Features:
When it comes to interiors Maruti has been making some great strides with its recent launches like the Ciaz and facelifted Swift and Swift Dzire. The company plans to achieve the same success with the SX4 ACross, which will share its interior components with its Ciaz and Swift. Apart for offering some really sporty and comfortable upholstery the car is also expected to come with some swanky features. It is likely to come with a touchscreen multimedia and navigation system, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors and push-button start with the Ciaz, while the dashboard and other elements will be sourced from the Swift.
Engine and Specifications:
Under the hood the Maruti Suzuki SX4 Crossover Across is expected to be launched in two engine options, a 1.4-litre petrol motor producing 91bhp and 130Nm of torque and a 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine churning out 91bhp of power and 200Nm. It is also speculated that the Across is now likely to sport a second oil burner – an all-new range-topping 1.6-Litre unit that is good for 120PS of power and 320Nm of torque. This engine will be paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. The company might also introduce the Suzuki's AllGrip all-wheel drive system.
The top-end model is expected to get ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution), dual airbags, engine immobilizer, central locking, engine start & stop button and hill assist.
Launch Date, Price and Competitions:
The Maruti Suzuki SX4 Across is likely to be launched in India between June – July 2015. While Maruti is yet to put a definite price tag on its ambitions crossover vehicle, we expect it to be anywhere around INR INR 8-14 lakhs.
As far as competition goes the Across will be locking horns with the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai’s upcoming compact SUV ix25.