The Suzuki S-Cross SZ5 ALLGRIP 1.6 DDiS sold in the United Kingdom can now be specified with the car maker’s Twin Clutch System by Suzuki (TCSS), provided as a £1,350 option against the MPV’s conventional six-speed manual.
The transmission is a six speed automated manual transmission that incorporates hydraulically controlled clutches and a gear change assembly that enables it to be driven in a similar way to an automatic gearbox.
The system utilises one clutch for the odd-numbered gears (1st, 3rd, and 5th) will the other is for even-numbered gears (2nd, 4th, and 6th) allowing for the desired gear to be instantly available, similar to other dual-clutch transmissions.
Paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel allow for manual gear changes if needed and the gear ratios are adjusted to be slightly different as well.
Output from the 1.6-litre DDiS engine is unchanged at 118hp and 320Nm of torque but the new gearbox provides faster gear changes than a manual one allowing for early torque availability at just 1,750 rpm.
However, the new gearbox adds 30kg of weight and see fuel consumption figures fall down to 3.75 l/100km.
In Malaysia, the Suzuki S-Cross is only available with a 1.6-litre petrol engine which is paired to a CVT transmission. The car comes with a suite of safety systems including seven air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and Hill Hold Control among others. It is priced at RM129,788 (OTR price with GST, without insurance),