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    Thread: Mi10’s "SCARECROW" – S Cross DDIS 320; Now Remapped by Code 6

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      Mi10, have you taken delivery of scross
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      Quote Originally Posted by machi vijay View Post
      Mi10, have you taken delivery of scross
      Not yet, taking delivery on Jan 7th
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      Chapter 2.2: Locus of Control

      With my heart finally set on the S cross 1.6, it was imperative that all the key family members are in accord. My dad is not too keen on driving these days, hence I have taken the absolute responsibility of family chauffer. However, the Real challenge was to market a bland looking, plumpy hatch, to my family.

      With the 1.6 DDIS being exorbitantly priced, and my low key budget no helping either, it was a hard decision to take. The Choice was between the three trim variants – Delta, Zeta and Alpha.
      Alpha pricing was an absolute no brainer – with or without discounts. This is the top loaded S cross hitting straight on to the XUV 5OO W8 territory at 17.2 L OTR.

      Since all variants come with ABS, Airbags and All round Discs, I felt that getting the base trim – Delta would make much more sense. I was offered a price of 13.7L for the same, after discounts. This itself was a stretch, since I had a max budget of 13L only.
      However, it lacked some essentials that even a 5L celerio would have; say Fogs for example. And Wheel caps! For a 13.7L car, I really wish to meet the guy who decided the feature set for each trim level!

      In Comparison, the Zeta was a much more packed product. For a Price of 14.5L, I get everything the top end Alpha has except the below:
      • Bi-Xenon HL
      • Auto Headlamps
      • Auto Rain-sensing wipers
      • Auto AC
      • Cruise Control
      • Leather Seats
      • Reverse Camera


      The Alpha came to almost 15.4L OTR after discounts. Although the features on Alpha for 90k sounds tempting, all were not a part of my essential / mandatory requirements. Also, some of the stuff, like Projectors, Leather upholstery can be retrofit aftermarket. More than that, I thought I ll spend the 90k on getting the looks a tad better. Since the Alloys was looking like wheel caps from WWII era, I thought of investing that into some decent alloys + good rubber (Stock had JK Elanzo’s)

      My family’s initial reaction after seeing the brochure was, ‘are you sure this hatch is 15L? Really? ’ They were all unanimous in quoting that the car looks like an overgrown, crossbred swift-SX4! However, I insisted them to come and take a look at the car in person. When the say the car in flesh standing to the Baleno, they realized that looks can be deceptive. It’s a fairly large car. Wider than the Rapid and almost as long as the Rapid. The Rear seat leg room and position actually sealed the deal for them. It was probably the best rear seat, next only to Verito (of all the cars we owned).

      After some gizmo show off with Touch screen, Navigation, Push button start, my family members found some sense in my selection. I insisted on a Test Drive along with family and everyone found it much better than the Rapid in space and comfort. My dad has this strange habit of checking my automobile purchase decisions with cab drivers / road side mechanics / Diploma holders / Bus conductors. I have so far not figured out the rationale behind such an act, but it has been consistent in all our car buys. Apparently, I am told they all said, S cross is a very good product, probably the best from Maruti. So, this time around, that helped my case pretty well!

      There were some difference of opinion when it came to choice of colors. Frankly, a good looking car will look good in any color; Vice versa however that’s my personal stand. Dad said Sliver, Wife said Brown, Sister said Blue and Mom said Grey. However I always like base colors – Black and White. Since, black was not even listed, Chose White. We also decided on the Zeta Variant and with the Insurance claim amount looking a distant reality, opted for a small loan with SBI. Closed out the remaining payment early last week. With all set to welcome the new member, we ran into yet another confusion – when do we take delivery. After the so called auspicious day - Malicious day ordeal, we decided the car will go for Registration on Jan 6th 2016. Delivery will be on Jan 7th 2016.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mi10 View Post
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      Wow , To Be very frank , i never imagined this thread coming up . Looking at your choice of cars somehow Scross seemed to be misfit , not that I am saying its bad car , but i thought you are looking at something into entire different league ( power, looks , handling departments ) .

      Having said that , i am sure you will turn Scross into something which nobody expected . Looking forward to that . Congratulations on new car decision .
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      Quote Originally Posted by Mi10 View Post
      My dad has this strange habit of checking my automobile purchase decisions with cab drivers / road side mechanics / Diploma holders / Bus conductors. I have so far not figured out the rationale behind such an act, but it has been consistent in all our car buys. Apparently, I am told they all said, S cross is a very good product, probably the best from Maruti. So, this time around, that helped my case pretty well!
      That's a good one. Can't control my laughter.

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      Chapter 2.3: Sizing up

      So where does the S cross really sit in my portfolio. For ease of comparison, let me take only the diesel cars I have owned. The following snapshot will give you a glimpse of where the S Cross 1.6 stands.

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      There is no doubting that it is overpriced by the good margin. From a simple Torque per Lac perspective, it is outclassed by the Rapid. Considering the fact that the VAG engines put out slightly more figures than the stated numbers, make them overwhelming candidates for people who want most bang for buck!

      From the Dimensions perspective, you could see that it is not majorly different in length and breadth – esp when compared to Rapid. However the S Cross sits a tad high – thanks to the crossover space, the car is aimed at. GC is also at a healthy 180 which is much better than the other two.
      On the down side, I ll be sorely missing the huge boot space, that both Verito and Rapid offered generously.

      If I have to take a quick stock of improvements from the Rapid, I would highlight these features
      • +14% Increase in Power
      • +28% Increase in Torque
      • Rear Discs
      • Seat belt Pre-tensioners
      • 16” Stock Size
      • Keyless Entry
      • Push Start
      • Electric ORVM
      • Auto Dimming IRVM



      So what do I really call this move? Not really an upgrade, but slight improvement in power with some features thrown in.
      Perhaps, a perfect Lateral upgrade

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      Dash of S-Cross is pretty good without any cluttering. May be we can get good staging like City. How is the engine noise and vibrations? Howz the staging in stock ICE?
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      Congratulations Mi10. I lived entire Dec without a car. I understand when you say that a car was needed urgently. Honestly, I am more excited in what you make out of S Cross. If penguin evolved from Rapid, what's in store for this vehicle?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mi10 View Post
      If I have to take a quick stock of improvements from the Rapid, I would highlight these features
      +14% Increase in Power
      +28% Increase in Torque
      Wonder what number this car will through when re-mapped...? 160 BHP and 380 NM ... The cars going to give a run for lot of D segment vehicles with the power/weight ratio its potential of.

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      Quote Originally Posted by matbhuvi View Post
      Dash of S-Cross is pretty good without any cluttering. May be we can get good staging like City. How is the engine noise and vibrations? Howz the staging in stock ICE?
      The dash plastics and material are of exceptional quality (by Maruti standards). This car doesn't have anything any fancy cockpit or fluidic design on the inside, this in a way remind me of the Rapid / Vento Dash - Plain, solid and Functional !
      Didn't bother to check out stock ICE, maybe i'll comment after taking delivery of the car.
      Engine Noise @ Idle is much better than 1.6 TDI mill. Of course, it being a diesel, it has some amount of noise, but at least at idle, it isn't encroaching inside. While on drive, it did have some amount of Noise, esp past 3.5k rpm - however more than the Engine noise, the road noise was prominent.
      Regarding Vibrations, i haven't felt any - but need to recheck the same on bad roads.

      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      Honestly, I am more excited in what you make out of S Cross. If penguin evolved from Rapid, what's in store for this vehicle?
      Thank Ravi. There will surely be some life form coming out of it
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