The S-Cross first went on sale in October 2013...
- Major Facelift model launched in mid October 2016 - priced from £17,749 for SZ4 1.0 petrol with manual transmission.
- Available with either 1.0-litre or 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engines.
- Available in three grades; SZ4, SZ-T and SZ5 with all three equipped with seven airbags and ESP as standard.
- SZ-T model aimed at Corporate / Fleet buyers.
- Double sliding panoramic sunroof (SZ5 models only).
- DAB Radio fitted as standard equipment.
- Large luggage capacity of 430 litres.
- ALLGRIP models available with all both engines – showcasing Suzuki’s 4WD technology.
The S-Cross first went on sale in October 2013 and then three years later, the major facelifted model was introduced with more distinctive and upright front end styling offering a stronger and bolder road presence. Ground clearance was made 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 interior design utilises an updated soft-touch dashboard pad, framing highlights for the centre panel and upgraded design 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 are also available to demonstrate Suzuki once again as a true expert in the field of fun to drive crossover and four wheel drive cars.
S-Cross is one of Suzuki’s world strategic models and makes strong statements in styling, impact safety, driving performance and handling as well as offering low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.
Suzuki originally created the S-Cross by combining its compact car knowledge with technologies honed for sport utility vehicles. As a result of focusing on giving the S-Cross distinctive crossover styling, class leading space for passengers and luggage, 4WD performance and one of the lowest CO2 emissions in the segment, it achieves a remarkable combination of styling, utility, safety, performance and fuel economy.
Suzuki manufactures the S-Cross at the Magyar Suzuki plant in Hungary; Magyar Suzuki plays an important role as Suzuki’s European production centre and has long established itself as a key manufacturing base for Suzuki’s global strategy; The Vitara model is also manufactured there.
Equipment specification – Highlights.
All SZ4 models are equipped as standard with seven airbags, ESP, Bluetooth, 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 with DAB digital radio, 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 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.
A range of six exterior colours are available for the UK market; Superior White is available as a solid colour with Silky Silver Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic, Sphere Blue Pearl Metallic and Energetic Red Pearl metallic available as a £500 option.
At first launch, the S-Cross was the first Suzuki ‘C’ segment Crossover model and suits the needs of families with active lifestyles as well as being an attractive proposition to Fleet and Corporate buyers in the UK.
High rigidity and low-weight body
A highly rigid body is fundamental to handling, comfort, safety, NVH performance and every other aspect of a car’s behaviour. The body incorporates a large proportion of high-tensile steel for strength and lightness with stiff mountings for the front struts and suspension frame helping to provide greater handling stability. Reduced NVH has been achieved through greater rigidity in the rear section of the body.
Superior aerodynamic performance
Design engineers pursued minimal drag from the beginning of the development process by conducting wind-tunnel tests on clay models and by using computer-aided engineering technologies. The cars superior aerodynamics benefits performance and fuel economy.
The S-Cross gives both drivers and passenger’s peace of mind in everyday motoring by means of its superior stability and comprehensive active and passive safety features. At launch in 2013 it attained a Five star Euro NCAP rating and also incorporates a range of standard safety features which help protect pedestrians.
Light, impact-absorbing TECT body
The body features Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept for occupant-protecting impact absorption and low weight. Extensive use of high tensile steel for key parts helps to keep the body light and substantially enhances the vehicle’s crashworthiness.
The active safety equipment includes a speed limiter, which prevents the car from exceeding a driver set speed, ESP®, and TPMS, which helps the driver keep an eye on individual tyre pressures from a diagram in the instrument cluster. Passive safety equipment as standard includes seven airbags to offer protection in the event of frontal, lateral or rear impact, seatbelt pre tensioners and force limiters, and a mechanism which limits backward movement of the brake pedal. In addition, bonnet shape and revised structures for the cowl top, wipers and bumpers provide impact absorption which lessens the degree of injury if the car comes into contact with a pedestrian.
Engines and transmissions
BOOSTERJET Engine – in detail
Suzuki’s Boosterjet petrol engine technology was first utilised in Vitara as a 1.4-litre unit in 2016 and the 1.0-litre version followed several months later in Baleno. Both engines are available for the S-Cross. The three cylinder 1.0-litre unit offers the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (1.8-litre) and delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure.
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 previously used 1.6-litre petrol together with 11 per cent lower CO2 emissions (NEDC tested) 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 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 Boosterjet engines are Suzuki developed units characterised by improved fuel efficiency and driving pleasure made possible by using a small displacement, high torque turbocharger. By controlling the wastegate valve, which closes to create higher boost pressure during heavy load operation and remains open during normal driving, the Boosterjet system reduces pumping loss, thus achieving high levels of both power and fuel-efficiency. An air bypass valve is also utilised to prevent turbo ‘stall’ should the throttle be closed and then quickly reopened.
The Boosterjet engines were developed with Suzuki’s ethos of reducing weight and size with added response and smooth power delivery to achieve the characteristics Suzuki engines are well renowned for.
Both engines employ six-hole fuel injectors and high tumble port technologies to inject fuel with high combustion efficiency to provide greater fuel economy and improved power output. The 1.4-litre engine offers 220Nm of torque available from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm.
Fuel is injected at very high pressure into the combustion chamber during the air intake stroke which then forms a rich mixture around the spark plug and leaner mixture around the outer edge of the piston. The tumble flow of the fuel is created by utilising a straight intake port and a complex shape piston crown design.
During development, Suzuki’s engineers virtually eliminated the typical delay in turbo power delivery or ‘lag’ by installing the specially developed compact turbo charger attached directly to the cylinder head as well as incorporating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head casting. This design ensures optimum gas flow with minimal heat loss through to the turbo unit. The turbocharger has a boost pressure of 1.1 Bar.
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.
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.
A five speed manual transmission is fitted as standard for the new 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine and a six-speed for the 1.4-litre engine. Each manual transmission’s gear ratios are optimised to help provide a good combination of performance and fuel economy. Additional measures include a shift lever counterweight to help provide a smooth, positive shift action.
A six-speed automatic transmission is available optionally for both Boosterjet engines. It has a wide gear ratio range to permit precise driver control and also helps provide quick response at low vehicle speeds (for instance, when pulling away from standstill or driving slowly uphill) The wide ratios also help the engine to run at lower rpm when cruising too. The transmission has an expanded lockup range to promote good acceleration, high fuel economy and low levels of NVH. Additionally, a manual mode is fitted to enable the driver to change gear using shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
An Engine Auto Stop Start system is also used on all S-Cross models which shuts down the engine when stationary.
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.
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. The system’s four driver-selectable modes are as follows:
The auto mode prioritises fuel economy in typical driving conditions and uses two-wheel drive by default. It switches to four wheel drive if it detects wheel spin.
The sport mode is optimal for twisty roads. The system makes maximal use of four-wheel drive in accordance with accelerator inputs. At low and mid-range engine speeds, the system alters the accelerator/torque characteristics to optimise engine response and cornering performance.
The snow mode is optimal for snowy, unpaved, and other slippery surfaces. The system uses four-wheel drive by default. It optimises four-wheel drive control in accordance with steering and accelerator inputs to promote traction and stability on low friction surfaces.
The lock mode is for extricating the car from snow, mud, or sand. A limited slip differential is fitted which helps brake any slipping wheel and transfer torque to the gripping wheels. The LOCK mode is designed for extricating the car from snow, mud or sand. The system distributes high torque to the rear wheels continually.
On conventional full time 4WD vehicles, feedback control allocates torque to the rear wheels after detecting front wheel drive slippage.
The latest ALLGRIP system also incorporates feed forward control that anticipates slippage based on road surface, throttle opening position, steering angle and other factors. In summary, rather than reacting after grip is lost, it controls the vehicle to prevent grip from being lost which results in greater stability.
Hill Hold Control
Available as standard equipment on all S-Cross models, Hill Hold Control makes hill starts much easier by preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards for two seconds as soon as the driver removes his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.
The front suspension is of MacPherson strut design. During development, revised shapes for the lower arms and suspension frame were utilised and improved struts adopted for higher rigidity and also promote better driving stability. The rear wheel suspension incorporates a beam design (a closed section consisting of a pipe crushed to form a “U” shape) This beam design provides superior rigidity and ride comfort.
The S-Cross has ventilated disc brakes at the front and solid disc brakes at the rear. During design, weight savings and drag reductions defined in the calliper design help provide superior braking performance and also assist fuel economy.
- Comprehensive list of active and passive safety equipment
- Five star Euro NCAP score (tested at launch in 2013)
- Seven airbags fitted as standard
- Radar Brake Support system fitted as standard on SZ5 models.
- Adaptive Cruise Control for more relaxed driving available on SZ5 models.
- Light, impact absorbing body; speed limiter; ESP® * (Electronic Stability Programme), and tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
- NOTE: ESP* is designed to help keep the vehicle under control. However, the degree of engine torque reduction, the braked wheels and the brake force applied vary according to driving conditions. ESP® is essentially a system to assist stable driving. In the case of slippage or skidding that exceeds the limits of grip between tyres and road surface, ESP® will still function but may not be fully effective.
*ESP is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.
The passive and active safety systems on S-Cross are designed to intelligently anticipate and react to potentially dangerous situations with an excellent level of protection. One of its major safety features is Total Effective Control Technology which is a concept for occupant protecting impact absorption and low weight developed by Suzuki. Extensive use of high tensile steel and computer aided engineering technologies make the body light, highly crashworthy as well as fuel efficient.
Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags which includes a driver’s knee airbag as well as seat belt pre-tensioners and force limiters. Euro NCAP’s tests on the front seats and head restraints showed good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear end collision and a geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good protection.
The S-Cross’s active safety equipment includes a Radar Brake Support (RBS) system on the SZ5 model. When travelling above approximately 3mph and the system detects a risk of collision with the vehicle in front, it warns the driver to apply the brakes. At higher speeds and if it senses the possibility of a collision, it warns the driver with a buzzer and also via a notification on the multi information display. The system warning can also be set for either Far or Near distance via a button on the dashboard.
If the probability of a collision has increased, the system activates brake assist which increases the braking force during emergency braking. If the system determines that a collision is unavoidable, it applies the brakes automatically. The system thus helps prevent collisions when the vehicle is driving at low speeds and helps reduce damage in the event of an unavoidable collision.
The RBS system monitors the road ahead by means of milliwave radar. The radar technology enables it to work even at high speeds, in darkness, and in rain or other bad weather. The system prevents or mitigates a collision by means of three functions which are Warning, Brake Asssist and Automatic Braking.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system
The ACC system fitted as standard on the SZ5 model combines cruise control technology with the RBS system’s milliwave radar to make driving easier and more relaxing. The system uses radar to measure the distance to the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts road speed to maintain any of three driver selected headway distances.
If there is a sufficient distance from the vehicle ahead, the car travels at the set input speed. If the vehicle in front is travelling slower the set speed will automatically reduce to allow sufficient distance to be be maintained. Once the milliwave sensor detects that the vehicle in front has departed from the lane in front the vehicle will automatically reaccelerate to the input set speed.
Light, impact-absorbing TECT body
The body embodies Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) concept for occupant protecting impact absorption and low weight. Extensive use of ultrahigh tensile steel helps to make the new Vitara outstandingly crashworthy and fuel efficient.
- A blend of all-terrain crossover capability and on-road performance
- A powertrain delivering environmental compatibility and great performance
- Transmission systems which heighten driving pleasure
- Low CO2 emissions for a C-segment crossover
The performance results from an exceptional combination of attributes: 4WD SUV capability, positive handling derived from the Swift and direct straight-running stability thanks to a long wheelbase. Low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption also help fulfil the global need for environmental compatibility.
Comfort and convenience
- Interior environment designed for comfort on long journeys
- One of the largest luggage capacities in its class (430 litres)
- A panoramic sunroof with one of the largest opening areas in its class and world first double sliding glass panels (Suzuki research at first launch)
A spacious, airy cabin and a generously sized luggage area ensure convenience and comfort for the whole family during day-to-day commutes and extended weekend trips with ample luggage space and no compromise in passenger space.
An overall length of 4,300mm and wheelbase of 2,600mm allow for plenty of cabin space and the distance between front and rear occupants is 814mm. The front seatbacks are shaped to give rear passengers plenty of knee clearance to help make long journeys relaxing and even with the rear seat in the fully upright position the S-Cross has a large luggage capacity of 430 litres.
The design of the front seats offer excellent support and hold occupants firmly in place even on tight curves. The height adjuster for the driver’s seat has a fore and aft range of 51mm and an up down range of 59mm to enable drivers with diverse physiques to choose the most comfortable position.
For rear passengers, the seatback can be set at either of two angles; one angle promotes passenger relaxation and the other creates an extra 10 litres of space in the luggage area in addition to the quoted 430 litres. The rear seat and luggage board can be repositioned to accommodate different loads, making it ideal for families.
The panoramic glass sunroof consists of two sliding panels. The sunroof extends over the front and rear seats, making the cabin more relaxing for all occupants. When the sunroof is closed, the glass panels have a combined length of 1,000mm. When the sunroof is open, the aperture has a length of 560mm (one of the largest in this segment), giving occupants an invigorating open roof experience.
Refined, high legibility instrument meters
Heightened functionality in the instrument cluster helps the user concentrate on driving. A large speedometer and tachometer flank a multi information display that shows instantaneous fuel consumption, time, outside temperature, and, in a 4WD equipped vehicle, the driving mode. It includes a rear-seatbelt warning and also indications for the ultrasonic parking sensors fitted as standard equipment on SZ-T and SZ5 models.
Note to editors:
- All Suzuki models are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, one year AA Suzuki Assistance, providing 24-hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services; and by a 6-year perforation warranty on Jimny and 12-years perforation warranty on all other Suzuki models.
- On the road prices include VAT, delivery to dealer, number plates and First Registration Fee.
- ESP® is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.
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