Maruti Suzuki’s billing as the largest car maker in India comes with some responsibilities, one of which is releasing vehicles that will help the company keep its place in the said pecking order.
Well, the company took a big step in that direction with the unveiling of the new SX4 S-Cross crossover. Looking a lot like the Suzuki Grand Vitara , the SX4 S-Cross is being tipped as a worthy entrant into the burgeoning crossover market in India.
As far as credentials go, the Maruti-Suzuki carries a whole lot of it and its betting on the SX4 S-Cross to be able to carve a niche for itself once it goes on sale in the country in the not-so-distant future. The crossover is being tipped to carry a 1.6-liter gas engine that’s capable of producing 120 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. It’s not exactly all-conquering numbers but given the choices you have in the Indian market, that’s more than enough to be right up there in class.
Likewise, the SX4 S-Cross is also expected to be have four-wheel drive capabilities with the engine mated to a six-speed transmission. And as far as safety goes, customers should feel good about the SX4 S-Cross after it received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating. In case you don’t know, those are the highest of marks a vehicle can get.
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Without the benefit of full details of the SX4 S-Cross, we’re going to rely on the eye test to see how the crossover stacks up as far as its overall design is concerned.
Judging by the front fascia of the crossover, Suzuki accomplished a goal of bringing a distinctive and well proportioned face to the SX4. The grille is big and the plastic body cladding immediately denotes the true SUV spirit of the crossover. The headlamps are pretty big and prominent, ensuring maximum brightness and efficiency when used and the hood drops down at a sharp enough angle to add sportiness to the crossover’s look.
At the back, there’s not a whole lot to be excited about other than the equally enormous taillights and the highly-placed rear bumper that gives the SX4’s rear end a bouncy look to it.
Gallery Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
The 2012 Ford Ecosport has been a staple in India for the past few years and looking a the car, you’ll understand why its so attention-grabbing. The Ecosport’s front end is defined by a wide hood with modern, oblique headlamps and a high-mounted trapezoidal grille which gives the vehicle an element of pride and that intimidating signature Ford look.
Under its hood, the Ecosport is sporting a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of 118 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque available from 1,300 to 4,500 rpm. This engine is offered with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to further improve performance and economy and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Gallery Ford EcoSport
The Maruti-Suzuki SX4 S-Cross shouldn’t have any problems selling well in India. It’s got the advantage of being produced by the country’s biggest brand and with a load of features and looks that are sure to impress, the SX4 S-Cross will be quite a hot item when its dealerships in India.
- Looks nice
- Good amount of power
- Appears to have good interior space
- Competitive market
- No price yet
Gallery Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Limited unveiled two global models Concept CIAZ and SX4 S-CROSS on the inaugural day of the Auto Expo 2014 here today.
The Company expressed its preparedness for the future with two distinct offerings positioned for different segments and will help Maruti Suzuki gain foothold in new segments.
The vintage red coloured Concept CIAZ (pronounced as: chi-aaz) and the imposing rugged black coloured SX4 S-CROSS were jointly unveiled by Mr. Toshihiro Suzuki, Executive Vice President, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan and Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Marui Suzuki India Limited.
The stunning models positioned on the center stage give a glimpse of Maruti Suzuki’s plans to foray in new and distinct segments to retain its leadership position in the Indian market.
Unveiling the two `future ready’ global offerings Mr. Toshihiro Suzuki, Executive Vice President, Suzuki Motor Corporation said, "The two cars that we unveil today follow the footsteps of the iconic Suzuki Swift. These models are designed to meet the varied requirements of discerning customers around the world. While the SX4 S-CROSS is a real crossover with authentic performance, the Concept CIAZ is designed to meet the growing demand in C-Segment market in India, China and elsewhere."
On the occasion Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, "Concept CIAZ and SX4 S-CROSS are two premium segment global offerings. This rich line up will strengthen our product portfolio and prepare us for the future."
Reinforcing Maruti Suzuki’s strong customer connect he added, "The vehicles that you see here today reflect our thought and belief. If you like them, they may be amongst you on the Indian roads, in future. As a customer, your right judgment has guided us over the past 3 decades. We promise to bring exciting and relevant products, as you need them."
On display at the center of the Maruti Suzuki pavilion rests the shining Concept CIAZ. Concept CIAZ is a classy urbane A3-segment sedan especially designed by Suzuki Motor Corporation for leading markets such as India and China. Concept CIAZ is a fusion of sportiness and elegance and is expected to strengthen company’s portfolio in upper A3 segment. Through a dynamic body shape with edgy character lines, Concept CIAZ projects a truly authentic sedan style. (Detailed product note shared separately)
Global SX4 S-CROSS
Global model SX4 S-CROSS brings forward Suzuki’s capability to offer best of the two segments together and create a new segment for its discerning customers across global markets. The imposing SX4 S-CROSS showcased as a reference vehicle, reflects Maruti Suzuki’s openness to diversify in new segments and strengthen the product portfolio. The highly positive customer response to the Ertiga gives confidence to the Company to reinforce its presence in the segment. (Detailed product note shared separately).