India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki will launch its first premium crossover S-Cross in the country on 5th August 2015. The vehicle will be sold through company’s premium NEXA dealerships range which was inaugurated yesterday. The Maruti Suzuki will open around 100 outlets across India at an initial phase and now arises what left for non NEXA cityite? They can book S-cross at normal Maruti outlets and then the potential customers will be driven to nearby NEXA showroom for further process.
Try until you succeed seems to be the motto of Maruti Suzuki because failing with numerous premium offerings like Vitara, Kizashi and SX4, Maruti has decided to try their luck once again in same segment with S-Cross an all new product. Just to remind you, S-cross is a premium crossover company’s first ever attempt in the Crossover segment.
NEXA showrooms are company’s major step to reach an annual 2 million sales by 2020 while opening more dealerships in the second phase. At NEXA, each customer will have a separate relationship manager which will be armed with an I-pad to provide customer a virtual car configuration, going paper free. Around 1000 personnel are recruited and trained already which will be increased to 2500 in the next 6 months or so.
Maruti Suzuki S-cross will be offered with two engines–1.3L DDis diesel engine which puts 89bhp and 200Nm torque mated to a five speed gearbox. The bigger 1.6L DDis engine which will be imported and churns out 120bhp power and 320Nm of torque comes paired to a six speed manual gearbox. The S-cross 1.3L DDis delivers a claimed mileage of 23.65 KMPL while the 1.6L has a claimed efficiency of 22.70 KMPL.
S-cross will available in total of eight variants five on DDis 200 and three on the DDis 320 variant. On design front, the S-cross flaunts a two slate front chrome grille, projector headlights with LED DRLs, OVRMs with turn indicators, side black claddings and rain sensing wipers. The features list is pretty good for a crossover with the top variants getting touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, navigation, reverse camera, cruise control, rear AC vents, leather upholstery, 60:40 seat split and many more.
The Maruti Suzuki S-cross will be up against Ford EcoSport, Renault duster and newly launched Hyundai Creta. The vehicle is expected to be launched in the price bracket of Rs. 8-12 lakhs (ex-showroom).