Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch a petrol version of the S-Cross in India. This speculation has arisen on the back of the company’s announcement of discontinuing all diesel models in its range from April 2020. It is worth noting here that the S-Cross is currently available only with a diesel engine option – the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre, four-cylinder DDiS unit.
The engine selected to be put under the hood of the S-Cross is reported to be a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder unit with the company’s mild-hybrid SHVS system. This is the same K15B engine that currently powers the Maruti Ciaz and the new Ertiga in India. It is rated at 105 hp and 138 Nm of peak torque. The power unit also comes with the mild hybrid system in the Ciaz sedan.
In addition to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the S-Cross might even get a 4-speed automatic. The new SHVS mild-hybrid system is sure to improve the fuel economy of the S-Cross petrol in India.
Once launched, the Maruti S-Cross petrol will compete against the petrol versions of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, and Nissan Kicks. India launch of the S-Cross petrol is expected to take place by August 2019.