Suzuki upgrades its S-Cross SUV for 2017MY

Article by Christian A., on October 10, 2016

It looks like it’s a season of upgrades and facelifts. Various car manufacturers as well as auto tuners have been very busy for the past couple of months giving a brand new oomph to current models. And Japanese automaker Suzuki is one of them.

Suzuki’s unique ‘C’ segment S-Cross SUV has helped increase its sales for the last four years that it has been in the market. And after years of becoming the face of the Japanese brand, it is now ready for a fresher and even better look.

On October 17th, the fresh new look of the S-Cross SUV will be revealed and along with it will be an even better set of engine options. The 2017 Suzuki S-Cross model will go on sale on October 17 with a starting price of £14,999 or $19,458.

Exterior Design

To separate the S-Cross from the current ‘C’ segment SUVs, the former has been given a bolder new look. Now, it gets a more prominent grille defined and lined by chrome (plastic) fixtures.

Moreover, it has been installed with new LED fitments (in SZ-T trim) on its headlights to make it more distinguishable, and its taillights have been give LED bulbs as well.

On top of that, the new S-Cross will come with more rugged black plastic diffuser that matches its newly-adjusted ride height of 7.0 inches (1.5 inches higher than the outgoing model’s 6.5-inch ride height).

Interior Design

The updates don’t just stop on the exterior but goes all the way inside the cabin. The incoming S-Cross will now have an updated dashboard and trim that makes it look more modern and chic. The center control panel now has soft-touch materials and framing highlights. The seats were also upgraded with new fabric in SZ4 and SZ-T trims while a double sliding panoramic glass sunroof, one of the largest installments in the segment, has been added into the SUV.

To add to its modern twist, the upper-level SZ-T trim features gadgets such as a satellite navigation, a rear parking camera, front and rear parking proximity sensors, and a dual automatic climate control. The SZ4 trim on the other hand features a couple of innovations such as Bluetooth, daytime running lights, and heated door mirrors.


The inside of the cabin up to the hood has been designed similar to that of the Vitara S and Baleno making the new S-Cross the third of its kind to have a range of Boosterjet engine options. The standard S-Cross comes with a 1.0-iter turbocharged engine that can produce 111 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque while another variant is powered by a 1.4-liter Boosterjet engine capable of producing 138 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque.

Lastly, what is arguably the “most desirable” option is in the form of a 1.6-liter diesel engine which can produce an amazing 236 lb.-ft. of torque. It is considered as the “most spirited” amongst the three options in terms of its standstill performance on and off road. All three engines are paired with a four-mode AllGrip system allowing the new S-Cross SUV to traverse in various terrains of gravel, rock, and/or mud.

Press Release


The S-Cross first went on sale in October 2013 as Suzuki’s first ‘C’ segment crossover model and now, three years later, the major facelifted model is introduced with more distinctive and upright front end styling offering a stronger and bolder road presence. Ground clearance is now slightly higher at 180mm versus 165mm and new design headlamps help provide both higher efficiency and a sharper look. At the rear, newly designed LED rear combination lamps are used to provide a cleaner and more contemporary style.

The distinctive new interior design utilises an updated soft-touch dashboard pad, framing highlights for the centre panel and newly designed seat fabric for SZ4 and SZ-T models. S-Cross offers ample room for five occupants with their luggage and the double sliding panoramic glass sunroof fitted as standard on the SZ5 model has one of the largest opening areas in its category (560mm).

The highly acclaimed Boosterjet engines first utilised in the Vitara S and Baleno models are also now available to demonstrate Suzuki once again as a true expert in the field of fun to drive crossover and four wheel drive cars.

Equipment specification – Highlights.

All SZ4 models are equipped as standard with seven airbags, ESP, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, air conditioning, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, heated door mirrors, black protective skid plates and black wheel arch extensions.

SZ-T adds LED Projector Headlamps, satellite navigation, polished 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking camera, front and rear parking proximity sensors, Dual Zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lamps, rear privacy glass, silver roof rails and silver rear skid plates. Suzuki introduced the SZ-T model specifically with Fleet buyers in mind, although it is available to retail customers as well.

Equipment for the top of the range SZ5 model includes Radar Brake Support (RBS), leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, double sliding panoramic sunroof and aluminium roof rails.

CO2 emissions are low at just 113g/km for the 1.0-litre 2WD model and 119g/km with optional automatic transmission. The DDiS 2WD model achieves even lower CO2 emissions of 106g/km that result in an annual VED charge of just £20.


Suzuki’s Boosterjet petrol engine technology was first utilised in Vitara as a 1.4-litre unit earlier in 2016 and the 1.0-litre version followed several months later in Baleno. After the debut of the three cylinder Boosterjet 1.0-litre unit this engine technology now continues for the Facelift S-Cross. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.8-litre), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure.

Historically, power and torque delivery from a turbocharged engine would not have been available until much higher engine speeds, offering less flexibility to the driver.

This unit has an output of 111PS and is also Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). The engine has very compact dimensions and offers 170Nm of torque available from 2,000rpm through to 3,500rpm. The 1.0-litre engine offers nine per cent more torque than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol together with 11 per cent lower CO2 emissions and 10 per cent improved combined fuel consumption.

The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine has a power output of 140PS and offers 220Nm of torque available from just 1,500rpm which is 41 per cent more than the outgoing 1.6-litre engine.

This engine is also 17 per cent more powerful and four per cent more economical versus the 1.6-litre unit.

The 1.4-litre engine offers strong benefits in performance too with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 10.2 seconds for both manual and automatic transmissions and a maximum speed (where permitted) of 124mph.

1.6-litre diesel engine

The 1.6-litre DDiS engine has a torque output of 320Nm from just 1,750rpm and uses a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT). The VGT gives optimal forced induction by controlling the flow of exhaust gases in accordance with the engine speed, thereby helping to achieve high torque, low fuel consumption and low particulate emissions.

An Engine Auto Stop Start system is used on all S-Cross models which shuts down the engine when stationary.

Four-mode ALLGRIP system

Suzuki evolved its renowned four wheel drive technologies into a new generation that delivers driving pleasure and peace of mind in diverse conditions while promoting economy and limiting the burden four wheel drive cars place on the environment.

Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system is available on SZ-T and SZ5 models. It has four driver-selectable modes for safe, enjoyable driving on diverse surfaces. It debuted in the S-Cross model at first launch and has proved very successful in both this model and Vitara. In development, the ALLGRIP system was enhanced by the addition of a feed forward function that allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur.

Four-wheel drive is typically seen as detrimental to fuel economy and emissions performance. By contrast, Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system enables CO2 emissions that are remarkably low for a four-wheel drive SUV. CO2 emissions for the new 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol engine with manual transmission is just 119g/km for the 1.0-litre and 127g/km for the 1.4-litre. The optional automatic transmission equipped 1.4-litre model is only one gram higher. The S-Cross with 1.6-litre DDiS engine and ALLGRIP has a figure of 114g/km.

The facelift S-Cross goes on sale on 17th October with full year sales projection in 2017 of around 5,000 units. Road Test vehicles are available via the press office from late October.

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