Maruti Suzuki recently reintroduced the S-Cross for the BS6 era. The 2020 model year SUV ditches the erstwhile 1.3-litre diesel engine in favour of a 1.5-litre petrol unit that is shared with the Vitara Brezza compact SUV. With the change in motive power, the S-Cross SUV is directed at a new demographic, says Maruti.

  • Petrol S-Cross with optional automatic transmission to appeal to urbanites seeking refinement and convenience
  • Maruti sees a shift away from diesels for entry-level and mid-range SUVs
  • Company believes people prefer higher capacity engines

However, by employing naturally-aspirated engines and conventional gearbox options for its range of SUVs, Maruti Suzuki has seemingly fallen behind the curve in terms of technology, vis-à-vis competition. Its rivals have moved on to BS6 diesels and turbo-petrol powertrains, as well as more sophisticated varieties of…

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