The Full Hybrid version of the Suzuki S-Cross has officially been released to the market – a model that includes Auto Gear Shift (AGS) amongst its many upgraded standard features. The S-Cross is still available in a Mild Hybrid version; however, it is only equipped with a manual transmission.
The all-new Suzuki S-Cross has long been recognised for its contemporary design, compact dimensions, and impressive on-road performance.
Towards the end of 2021, an all-new model was introduced to the market – one that utilised Suzuki’s well-established proficiency at upgrading their vehicles’ standard features to include an enhanced level of technology and safety equipment.
The Full Hybrid model is available in a choice of two trim levels namely Motion and Ultra ALLGRIP models.
Suzuki S-Cross Hybrid: Exterior
The modern and stylish look of the S-Cross has been further enhanced for the latest generation. Showcasing a bolder frontend, a boxier profile, and a wider shoulder line, the updated and refined 2023 model is a definite improvement on previous offerings.
The Motion model comes equipped with a multitude of standard exterior features including a three signature LED projector headlamp for both low and high beam. Adding to the model’s robust stance are the 17-inch painted alloy wheels. These are upgraded to 17-inch polished alloy wheels on the Ultra, a model that also boasts a panoramic sliding sunroof.
The new S-Cross is available in six different exterior colours, including five that are metallic finishes.
Suzuki S-Cross Hybrid: Technology
The new S-Cross is packed with user-friendly features including heated front seats, a 7-inch infotainment display screen, full smartphone connectivity with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone auto air conditioning, along with keyless entry and start.
A novel feature that has just been introduced to the U.K., is Suzuki Connect. This inclusion uses the SUV’s data communication module (DCM) to connect users to their cars in real time. This provides owners access to a variety of convenient connected services, through the Suzuki Connect smartphone app – available on both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
These services include the ability to monitor and to receive notifications regarding the live status of the vehicle, as well as to view information such as driving history, and the car’s current location. The vehicle can also be locked via the app.
Additionally, users can opt to receive maintenance-related information and warning light notifications, if any problems are identified. This includes vital diagnostic information shared by their registered Suzuki dealer – providing more comprehensive, effective, and quicker after-sales support.
The Motion model is fitted with an audio system that features a Smartphone Linkage Audio (SLDA) with a seven-inch touch panel display. This system not only enables intuitive operation, but also enables the driver to use specific smartphone applications with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connection.
When moving up to the Ultra model, the screen size is enlarged to nine-inches, with the setup including a three-dimensional navigation map that offers an array of features. The Ultra model’s system also includes wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Suzuki S-Cross Hybrid: Safety
Suzuki have kept the safety of you and your loved ones at the forefront of their minds when designing the new S-Cross Full Hybrid.
The brand has included a range of driver assistance and safety features – equipment as standard – in both S-Cross models. These include Adaptive Cruise Control with speed limiter, Blind Spot Monitor, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning & Prevention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, a rear parking camera, front & rear parking sensors, and no less than seven airbags – including a driver’s knee bag.
The Ultra model includes further safety and convenience through the inclusion of a 360-view camera.
Suzuki S-Cross Hybrid: Drive and Engine
Both the Motion and Ultra models house a 1.5-litre (K15C) engine – first seen in the Vitara Full Hybrid model at the beginning of 2022. The more powerful Suzuki Hybrid system includes a Motor Generator Unit (MGU) comprising of a 140V lithium-ion battery & inverter, a 12V lithium-ion battery, as well as a conventional 12V lead-acid battery that powers components requiring lower voltage. These components include air conditioning, heating, lighting, and other instruments.
This capable Full Hybrid system provides two switchable modes namely Eco and Standard. The driver can easily select between the two options, depending on the current driving environment and conditions, as well as to increase the frequency of the EV driving. A livelier driving experience will be on offer in Standard mode, as the MGU will assist the petrol engine more often.
The Full Hybrid version of the S-Cross is equipped with Auto Gear Shift (AGS) as standard. This feature automatically shifts the manual transmission with gear ratios to create a healthy balance between performance and fuel economy. This delivers the best of both worlds, supplying the direct driving experience of a manual gearbox along with the effortless shifting of an Automatic Transmission. Additionally, the transmission has a manual mode, controlled via shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
The Ultra grade model is fitted with Suzuki’s ALLGRIP ‘Select’ four-wheel drive system as standard. This incorporates four selectable driving modes, each designed to conquer a different driving environment or conditions. These modes include Auto, Lock, Snow, and Sport.
Suzuki S-Cross Hybrid: Price
The Motion grade Full Hybrid is priced at £26,749, whilst the Ultra grade Full Hybrid ALLGRIP is priced at £31,549.