A pair of grainy images of the facelifted 2016 or 2017 Suzuki S-Cross have surfaced in the European press, less than one month since the Japanese car maker’s local arm issued a ‘stop sale’ notice for the current S-Cross range.
Seat stitching halts local sales
Speaking with CarAdvice today, Suzuki Australia general manager Andrew Moore said the stop-sale is due to sub-standard seat stitching in a small number of S-Cross models, allaying fears that a fault had been discovered with one or more of the vehicle’s airbags.
Replacement seat trim for the Australian S-Cross range is on the way, and Moore said that the company hopes to resume Australian sales of the S-Cross in early March.
2017 S-Cross leaked, confirmed for Australia
As for the leaked 2017 S-Cross images shown here, Suzuki Australia has confirmed with CarAdvice that a local debut is expected to occur by the fourth quarter of 2016.
This leaked exterior photo (above) reveals an extensive front-end makeover for the small S-Cross, picking up a new grille, new headlights and a new bumper design. The bonnet also gains a pair of strakes for a more sporting look.
A second image, showing the updated model’s dash, reveals that little – if anything – will change with the design of the S-Cross’s interior.
Both images follow the appearance of a camouflaged S-Cross prototype in September last year.
The updated S-Cross is tentatively set for a fourth quarter 2016 debut in Australia and, although details are still to be confirmed, Suzuki Australia general manager Andrew Moore said that the company’s local arm is building a case for a turbocharged model.
That variant would be driven by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that will soon offer 103kW of power and 220Nm of torque in the new Vitara. Details here.
The S-Cross made its Australian debut in 2013, which means that by the time this update hits local showrooms, it will be introduced as a mid-life update.
Sales for the S-Cross reached just 1336 units for 2015, compared to an only slightly more impressive 1733 in 2014, its first full year on the market.
Above: Suzuki S-Cross long-term review. Read here.
By comparison, the new Suzuki Vitara achieved 1109 sales by the end of 2015, despite having only hit the local market in September.
Both remain bottom-end players, though, with 277 Vitara sales last month putting it well behind the January performances of Mitsubishi’s ASX (1393 sales) Mazda’s CX-3 (1391) and the Nissan Qashqai (1161).
CarAdvice has contacted Suzuki Australia for details on this facelift and the current stop-sale.