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2017 New Maruti S Cross has evolved a lot over the first generation car launched in 2015. The new S Cross looks a lot more butch and bold. There is a lot of use of chrome on the front; aggressive front fascia and premium looks define this car’s front view. It has projector headlamps, which sweep to the sides. LED Daytime running lamps (DRL) intelligently put in the headlamp cluster, chrome surrounded fog maps and a sporty bumper with dual tone colour make it look smart without being in-your-face gaudy. The looks sophisticated and premium with a lot of attitude on its front fascia.
More to the side and you get to see more sportiness here with bold shoulder lines, a lot of cladding, blackened pillars and pronounced wheel arches. Large wheels and machined alloys make it look excellent. The sporty yet subtle roof rails add to the classy looks of the car.
The rear of the car which is least different from the previous generation and it is not a bad thing. It does look smartly designed with a touch of new elements like a newer bumper designed and an evolved tail lamp cluster design which sweeps to the sides of the car as well.
Inside the 2017 New Maruti S Cross, you will feel at home if you have driven a Baleno or Ciaz before. The design of the dashboard is similar. It has a large touchscreen infotainment unit in the middle which looks smart. The dashboard and steering design is similar to Baleno or Ciaz which is a good thing. The choice of materials for the dashboard and other surfaces you touch is really good. It feels quite premium and upmarket. There are plenty of storage places all around the cabin.
The seats are also quite good in terms of back support and cushioning, there are arm-rests provided at front and rear for added comfort. The head-restraints at both front and rear are adjustable. There is ample leg room at both front and rear and the headroom is also quite good. I would not recommend seating 3 on the rear seat as it may be a tight fit shoulder to shoulder, but you can occasionally do so without many troubles.
2017 New Maruti S Cross boot is also quite spacious and with 60:40 split seats at the rear, you can get much more space folding one or both parts of rear seat as per need basis. Boot space is more than enough for usual day-to-day commute and enough for a weekend getaway with your family or friends.
2017 New Maruti S Cross has an excellent platform with high ground clearance and wide stance. The suspension setup is also tuned very well. The resultant is a very comfortable ride without compromising on the handling characteristics of the car. The car handles very well at high speeds (as high as 150 KMPH). It feels very surefooted and does not exhibit any lack of confidence around corners. It does so without any noticeable body roll. So I have to give full marks to this car for its ride and handling which makes it a great driver’s car.
Under the hood of the 2017 New Maruti S Cross lies a 1.3-litre DDIS engine with a smart hybrid system (similar to SVHS of Ciaz and Ertiga diesel). This engine produces a peak torque of 200 Nm (hence the name DDIS 200) at 1750 RPM and the peak power is around 88.5 BHP at 4000 RPM. The torque is great for in-city driving and relaxed cruising on the highways, but when it comes to a sudden overtake manoeuvre, you may need to downshift the car a gear or two to get the sudden surge of power. This actually also depends on your driving style, I prefer to keep the car at low revs at it keeps the engine relaxed and fuel mileage high, but if you drive with a heavy foot, you may need not downshift frequently as the car is quite agile between 2000 to 4000 RPM. At sub-1500 RPM, the power delivery is very modest, which has been done to make this car more frugal and low on emissions. So long story short, the car feels a bit lethargic until you rev past the 2000 RPM mark, but it is needed only for overtaking so I don’t mind trading the agility for high fuel economy which is in the DNA of all Maruti cars. Overall, it is a fun car to drive if you keep the revs above 2000 RPM mark.