The 2023 Suzuki S-Cross will get advanced safety tech and all-wheel drive
The Suzuki S-Cross is due for a redesign in Australia next month, with a much-needed suite of advanced safety tech – and the return of an all-wheel-drive option.
New 2023 Suzuki S-Cross small SUV will offer a range of advanced safety technologies for the first time in Australia – and the option of all-wheel drive after a six-year absence – when it goes on sale early next month.
Details posted on the Suzuki Australia (the distributor for all regions except Queensland) website last week – which have since been deleted – indicate the choice of at least two grades of S-Cross models locally, including the upgrade on sale is scheduled for September 9, 2022 (although pricing is yet to be announced).
All models will be equipped with a suite of advanced safety features, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert .
The S-Cross was the last model in the small SUV ‘mainstream’ category not to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) on any model grade – and one of three not to. ‘offer as standard across the range (joining the MG ZS and Suzuki Vitara).
While the outgoing Suzuki S-Cross was available with autonomous emergency braking in Europe, it was never offered in Australia, despite the vehicles being built at the same factory in Hungary.
Alongside the safety suite, Suzuki’s website confirms that the 2023 S-Cross will bring ‘AllGrip’ all-wheel drive back to the lineup, along with a 1.4-litre turbo engine – last offered on an S -Cross in Australia in 2016, with a 1.6-litre non-turbocharged engine.
All-wheel drive appears to be available across the range, as certain features on the website (such as leather seats) are listed with an asterisk to indicate that they will be “only available on particular variants” – but the system AllGrip is not. of them.
Standard features for the 2023 S-Cross range in Australia are expected to include a central touchscreen, automatic LED headlights with automatic high beams, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, zero-switch entry and start. key, rear parking sensors and power – folding exterior mirrors.
A central touchscreen of unknown size – likely the 9.0-inch screen offered in overseas models – will be standard equipment, along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation across the range.
Higher model grades add leather seat upholstery, a 360-degree camera and a panoramic sunroof – possibly among other items, which are not detailed on Suzuki Australia’s website.
Full engine and transmission details for the S-Cross have yet to be revealed for Australia, but the website confirms that a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will continue to be available, now with all-wheel drive.
Outputs are more likely to match the 103kW and 220Nm of the outgoing model, rather than the 95kW and 235Nm of the European models, which feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to reduce emissions and subtly improve performance .
Also available in Europe is a “full” hybrid model – similar to a Toyota hybrid – with a non-turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine, electric motor and six-speed automated manual transmission, for a combined 85kW. This is not part of the S-Cross launch lineup.
Suzuki Australia quotes 430 liters of boot space with the 60:40 folding rear seats in an upright position.
The prices for the Suzuki S-Cross 2023 – which is set to go on sale next month, September 9 – have yet to be confirmed, but the additional tech on offer suggests list prices will rise from the outgoing model, which costs $30,490 to $31,990 plus travel costs.
Stay tuned Conduct for more 2023 Suzuki S-Cross news over the next two weeks.
2023 Suzuki S-Cross Turbo Base Model Standard Features:
- 17 inch alloy wheels
- Automatic LED headlights with automatic high beams
- LED rear lights
- Daytime running lights and front fog lights
- Multimedia touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation
- Keyless entry and start
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Electrically folding exterior mirrors
- Rear parking sensors (previously exclusive to flagship Turbo Prestige)
- Rear privacy glass
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Lane departure warning
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Adaptive cruise control
More expensive model grades add:
- Leather seat upholstery
- 360 degree camera
- Panoramic sunroof