The overhauled Suzuki S-Cross is due here in about two months’ time, with a new look, upgraded interior and, hopefully, a suite of advanced safety tech.
The reskinned and reworked 2023 Suzuki S-Cross is due to go on sale in Australia on September 9, as the company’s first new product in three and a half years.
Revealed in November, the new S-Cross was previously earmarked only for a local launch sometime in 2022 – however Suzuki Australia has confirmed the small SUV’s official on-sale date is set for September 9.
Australian media outlets including Drive are slated to get behind the wheel on September 7 – though first showroom arrivals aren’t set to occur until the 9th.
While the 2023 S-Cross is billed as a brand-new model, uncanny similarities in its proportions and dimensions to the outgoing car suggest it is just a reskin, with new bodywork and technology draped over the existing model’s ‘hard points’ and chassis.
Measuring 4300mm long, 1785mm wide and 1585mm high, it’s on par with its small SUV rivals in terms of space – with a 430-litre boot, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, and styling incorporating LED headlights and tail-lights, and 17-inch wheels.
Inside, a new 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen – running new software, offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and in-built navigation – features, albeit alongside a carry-over steering wheel and 4.2-inch instrument display.
Available features in the UK include keyless entry and start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, wireless phone charging, leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree camera.
Also on offer in Europe is a full suite of advanced safety technology, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and traffic sign recognition.
While likely, there’s no guarantee the safety tech will come to Australia, as while the outgoing S-Cross offered AEB in Europe, it was never available here – despite all cars being built in the same factory in Hungary.
European models also offer a 48-volt mild-hybridised version of the 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine currently used in all Australian S-Cross examples. This hybrid system has not been confirmed for the local market either.
Suzuki Europe will expand the S-Cross range within the coming months with a full Toyota-style hybrid variant – but this too has not been locked in for Australia.
The 2023 Suzuki S-Cross is due to go on sale in Australia on 9 September 2022, assuming no further delays. Pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to launch.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.