2023 Suzuki S-Cross with advanced safety technology and all-wheel drive

2023 Suzuki S-Cross with advanced safety technology and all-wheel drive

The Suzuki S-Cross is getting a makeover in Australia next month, with a much-needed suite of advanced safety technology – and the return of a four-wheel drive option.


The new 2023 Suzuki S-Cross small SUV will offer a range of advanced safety technology 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 released on Suzuki Australia’s (the distributor for all regions except Queensland) website last week – which have since been removed – point to the local selection of at least two S-Cross model classes, which are yet to be announced on the 9th given).

All models will be equipped with a range 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 “mainstream” small SUV category not to offer autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in any model class – and one of three models not to offer it as standard across the range (alongside MG ZS and Suzuki). vitamin).

While the discontinued 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.

As well as the safety suite, Suzuki’s website confirms that the 2023 S-Cross will bring back ‘AllGrip’ all-wheel drive with a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine to the range – most recently in a 2016 S-Cross in Australia with a 1.6- liter engine offered. liter non-turbo engine.



All-wheel drive appears to be available across the range, as certain features are marked with an asterisk on the website (e.g. leather seats) to indicate they are “only available on certain variants” – but the AllGrip system isn’t one of them them.

Standard equipment on the 2023 S-Cross range in Australia includes automatic LED headlights with a center touchscreen and automatic high beams, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, rear parking sensors and power-folding door mirrors.

A center touchscreen of unknown size – likely the 9.0-inch display offered in overseas models – will come as standard, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation across the range.



Higher model grades add leather-accented seat bolsters, a 360-degree camera, and a panoramic sunroof — possibly among other things that aren’t detailed on Suzuki Australia’s website.

Full details of the S-Cross’s engine and gearbox are yet to be announced for Australia, but the website confirms that a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will remain available, now with all-wheel drive.

Output is more in line with the 103 kW and 220 Nm of the previous model than the 95 kW and 235 Nm 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 1.5-litre non-turbo four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a six-speed automated manual transmission for a combined 85 kW. This is not listed as part of the Start S-Cross range.

Suzuki Australia quotes 430 liters of boot space with the rear seats upright in a 60:40 ratio.

prices for the 2023 Suzuki S Cross — set to go on sale next month, September 9 — is yet to be confirmed, but the additional technology on offer suggests list prices will increase from the previous model, which retails for $30,490 to $31,990 plus street costs.



Stay tuned journey for more Suzuki S-Cross 2023 news over the next two weeks.

Standard features of the base model Suzuki S-Cross Turbo 2023:

  • 17 inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights with automatic high beam
  • LED taillights
  • daytime running lights and fog lights
  • Multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Two-zone automatic climate control
  • Power 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 classes add:

  • Seat upholstery with leather accents
  • 360 degree camera
  • Panoramic sunroof

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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