Suzuki S-Cross will bring a stronger hybrid and a more modern interior

Suzuki S-Cross will bring a stronger hybrid and a more modern interior

Suzuki has given the new little crossover a more robust look and will add a stronger hybrid powertrail next year. S-Cross is produced in Ostrihome, Hungary, and is sold in Europe, Latin America, India (where it is assembled by Maruti Suzuki) and Oceania. The current generation is called the SX4 S-Cross, but the new model is definitely abandoning the “SX4” label.

Sales will begin in Europe at the end of this year, with launches in other markets to follow in the coming months. The S-Cross is available in Europe with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine connected to a 48-volt mild hybrid system that adds electric torque from a starter-generator mounted under the front hood, and general attractions include all-wheel drive.

Suzuki S-Cross will bring a stronger hybrid and a more modern interior

Stronger hybrid

The brand’s boss, Toshihiro Suzuki, also described a new hybrid drive for the upgraded model at the launch. It should handle “starting, driving at low speeds, maintaining speed and reversing” on electric drive. The position of the motor-generator itself will also change, which will be newly located directly behind the gearbox.

Suzuki did not specify exactly whether it was a high-voltage full hybrid or a mild hybrid with an extended range. We will learn more only on the first rides, with the new system available first in the small Vitara SUV and then in the S-Cross. The brand has an emissions pooling agreement with Toyota in Europe and offers its own versions of the fully hybrid Toyota Corolla (Swace) and plug-in hybrid SUV RAV4 (Across), but has no full-fledged electric or high-voltage hybrids yet. Japan’s largest automaker owns 4.98 percent of Suzuki, while Suzuki holds a 0.2 percent stake in Toyota.

Suzuki S-Cross will bring a stronger hybrid and a more modern interior

More modern look

The basic dimensions of the car have been preserved, new bumpers and a more aggressive radiator mask with a completely new look will be signed under the fine changes. The headlights, rear lights, bonnet and bumpers have been pushed higher, the radiator mask has been blacked out and the decorative wheel underrun rails are square, not rounded.

Inside, the dashboard has a more 3D feel, with a new 9-inch “floating” touchscreen replacing the integrated screen of the current S-Cross.

S-Cross will continue to be different from other competitors in the segment by offering optional four-wheel drive with four modes: car, sport, snow and lock.

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