The next-generation Suzuki S-Cross was unveiled overnight, and it’s due to land in Australia some time in 2022 although exact timing and specs have yet to be confirmed.
The third generation of the SX4/S-Cross lineage seems to feature a larger body than before, which should mean improved interior space.
Styling has been changed, with the new car adopting a more orthodox crossover design rather than the tall-wagon look of today’s car.
Under the bonnet is a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine that can be hooked up to an all-wheel drive system.
Suzuki has yet to confirm outputs for the new S-Cross, but the same engine in the current model produces 103kW and 220Nm.
European versions of the next-generation S-Cross have a 48V mild hybrid version of the 1.4-litre turbo, which is rated at 96kW and 235Nm.
Top-shelf versions have a 9.0-inch touchscreen, while lower grades — at least in Europe — come with a smaller 7.0-inch display.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, wireless smartphone charging, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, LED headlights, keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera system are available on the S-Cross.
Ahead of the driver is a traditional pair of analogue instruments flanking a 4.2-inch multi-information display.
The safety roster includes autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and weaving alert.
All European models ride on 17-inch alloy wheels, with different designs depending on trim level.
For Europe all S-Cross models will be built in Hungary, which also served as the source for Australia-bound versions of the current car.
Suzuki Australia has previously indicated it plans to bring back an all-wheel drive variant, last seen in the local S-Cross range in 2016.
“I would put my hands up first for an AllGrip model because the capability of the AllGrip technology is outstanding,” said Suzuki Australia general manager Michael Pachota.
That’s despite Suzuki Australia’s discontinuation of the all-wheel drive S-Cross due to low sales. However, this was also influenced by the then-recently introduced front- and all-wheel drive Vitara range at the time, sales of which Suzuki didn’t want the S-Cross to cannibalise.
Since that time, Suzuki Australia says Vitara AllGrip sales have grown as a percentage of Vitara sales and the company has been ordering more of them.
We’ll know more about the new S-Cross as its local launch approaches some time in 2022.