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The all-new Suzuki S-Cross has made its international debut in Europe forward of its launch in choose markets abroad within the coming weeks. With the first-gen SX4 S-Cross having come out all the best way again in 2013, the second-generation mannequin makes its world premiere nearly 9 years later, and going by the photographs, this one doesn’t undertake its predecessor’s crossover philosophy. Suzuki has harassed over the purpose of the brand new S-Cross being a correct SUV, and never a crossover like the unique was, and you must say it certainly appears the half.

Piano black grille and large headlights add attitude to the 2022 S-Cross' more SUV-like front-end. Image: Suzuki

Piano black grille and huge headlights add angle to the 2022 S-Cross’ extra SUV-like front-end. Picture: Suzuki

Whereas the outgoing S-Cross regarded smooth, rounded and extra like a beefed-up giant hatchback, the 2022 S-Cross bins that design philosophy and opts for a extra upright, SUV-like front-end, with the massive piano black grille, double-bar chrome band sporting the massive ‘S’ emblem and three LED place lamps within the headlights including some angle to the S-Cross’ face; one thing the unique at all times lacked. It has fake skid plates on the entrance and rear, squared (and evenly flared) wheel arches, an upswept window line, chunky 10-spoke alloy wheels, clear-lens tail-lights linked by a chrome bar to reinforce visible width.

All in, it’s a sure step-up from the outgoing S-Cross, however apparently, regardless of wanting visually greater, the brand new S-Cross is similar to the unique by way of dimensions, measuring in at 4,300 mm in size, 1,785 mm in width and 1,585mm in top, with a 2,600 mm wheelbase.

Despite looking bigger than its predecessor, the new S-Cross is identical in terms of dimensions. Image: Suzuki

Regardless of wanting greater than its predecessor, the brand new S-Cross is similar by way of dimensions. Picture: Suzuki

Suzuki says the brand new S-Cross is much more spacious on the within than the unique, and the boot capability, at 430 litres, is notably larger than the present S-Cross’ (353-375 litres). The large change inside is a very redesigned dashboard which seems to include a leather-covered panel and soft-touch supplies. Taking centre stage on the sprint is a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with in-built navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto performance. Nevertheless, some components – together with the steering wheel, analogue instrument cluster and switches for the dual-zone local weather management system – seem like carried over from present Suzuki fashions.

Different notable additions embody 360-degree cameras and a big panoramic sunroof. Additionally included on the brand new S-Cross for the primary time are superior driver help methods (ADAS) together with adaptive cruise management, autonomous emergency braking, site visitors signal recognition, lane departure prevention and rear cross-traffic alert.

A 9.0-inch touchscreen takes centre stage on the new S-Cross' dash. Image: Suzuki

A 9.0-inch touchscreen takes centre stage on the brand new S-Cross’ sprint. Picture: Suzuki

Beneath the brand new S-Cross’ hood is the 1.4-litre BoosterJet turbo-petrol engine paired with a 48-volt delicate hybrid system. Peak energy output is rated at 129 hp, and torque is rated at 235 Nm, with the mild-hybrid system’s electrical motor including as a lot as 13 hp and 50 Nm below acceleration. In Europe, the S-Cross may also be supplied with Suzuki’s AllGrip Choose all-wheel-drive system with completely different drive modes. Gearbox choices will embody a six-speed guide and a six-speed automated, and Suzuki has confirmed it should additionally supply a powerful hybrid model of the brand new S-Cross – which may have an even bigger battery and extra highly effective electrical motor to allow pure-electric drive – in Europe someday in 2022.

Maruti Suzuki launched the first-gen S-Cross in India again in 2015, and whereas it has been the carmaker’s flagship mannequin since, it has usually languished on the backside of gross sales charts, with consumers selecting to go for extra butch-looking midsize SUVs accessible for a similar cash. Whereas there isn’t any official phrase on it but, Maruti Suzuki might effectively deliver the bolder-looking second-gen S-Cross to India, but it surely stays to be seen if the S-Cross will nonetheless have a spot in Maruti’s portfolio, provided that the next-gen Vitara Brezza is more likely to transfer upmarket, and Suzuki is already growing a brand new midsize SUV in collaboration with Toyota as a part of its international alliance.

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