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The all-new Suzuki S-Cross made its global debut in Europe ahead of its launch in select overseas markets in the coming weeks. With the first-gen SX4 S-Cross released in 2013, the second-gen model made its world premiere almost nine years later, and according to the images, this one does not adopt the crossover philosophy of its predecessor. . Suzuki pointed out that the new S-Cross is a real SUV, not a crossover like the original was, and you have to say it sure looks like the part.

The piano black grille and large headlights add attitude to the front, closer to the SUV of the S-Cross 2022. Image: Suzuki

While the outgoing S-Cross looked smooth, rounded and more like a large reinforced hatchback, the 2022 S-Cross totes that design the philosophy and go for a straighter, SUV-like front end with the large piano black grille, double bar chrome strip featuring the large “S” logo and three LED position lights in the headlights adding some attitude to the face of the S-Cross; something that was still missing from the original. It has fake skid plates front and rear, square (and slightly flared) wheel arches, raised window line, chunky 10-spoke alloy rims, connected clear lens taillights. by a chrome bar to improve visual width.

Overall, this is some advancement over the outgoing S-Cross, but it’s worth noting that despite its visually larger appearance, the new S-Cross is identical to the original in terms in dimensions, measuring 4,300 mm in length, 1,785 mm in width and 1585 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm.

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

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

Suzuki claims that the new S-Cross is even more spacious inside than the original, and that the trunk capacity, at 430 liters, is significantly higher than that of the current S-Cross (353-375 liters). The big change inside is a completely redesigned dashboard that appears to incorporate a leather-covered panel and soft-touch materials. In the center of the dashboard is a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated navigation and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto functionality. However, some elements – including the steering wheel, analog instrument cluster, and switches for the dual-zone air conditioning system – appear to be carried over from existing Suzuki models.

Other notable additions include 360-degree cameras and a large panoramic sunroof. For the first time, the new S-Cross also features Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, exit prevention lane and rear cross traffic alert.

A 9.0-inch touchscreen takes center stage on the new S-Cross's dashboard.  Image: Suzuki

A 9.0-inch touchscreen takes center stage on the new S-Cross’s dashboard. Image: Suzuki

Under the hood of the new S-Cross is the 1.4-liter BoosterJet turbo-gasoline engine paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. Maximum power output is rated at 129hp and torque at 235Nm, with the electric motor of the mild hybrid system adding up to 13hp and 50Nm to acceleration. In Europe, the S-Cross will also be offered with Suzuki’s AllGrip Select all-wheel drive system with different drive modes. Gearbox options will include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic, and Suzuki has confirmed that it will also offer a powerful hybrid version of the new S-Cross – which will have a larger battery and a larger electric motor. powerful to allow pure electric propulsion – in Europe in the course of 2022.

Maruti Suzuki launched the first-generation S-Cross in India in 2015, and although it has been the automaker’s flagship model ever since, it typically languishes at the bottom of the sales charts, with buyers choosing to opt for More chic mid-size SUVs. available for the same price. While there is no official word on it yet, Maruti Suzuki may well bring the bolder second-generation S-Cross to India, but it remains to be seen whether the S-Cross will still have a place in the market. Maruti’s portfolio, given that the next-generation Vitara Brezza is expected to move upmarket, and Suzuki is already developing a new mid-size SUV in collaboration with Toyota as part of its global alliance.

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