The Suzuki S-Cross, or the SX4 S-Cross as it’s known in our market, has been around for more than three years now. However, the C segment of the crossover market into which it fits is one of the most competitive, with some strong, established players like the Nissan Qashqai and equally good new models like the Ford Ecosport and the Hyundai Creta. So, in order to stay fresh and to try stand out from the rest, the Japanese carmaker is giving the crossover a significant facelift for the 2017 model.

The updates include a restyled exterior with a distinctive and upright front end styling with more shiny bits on the grille and elsewhere. Headlights and taillights have also been tweaked to lend the car a sharper look, while the ground clearance has been raised from 165mm to 180mm for better soft-roading duties.

Inside, the updated dashboard is made of soft-touch materials, along with new fabric options for the seats and a double sliding panoramic glass sunroof. While the SZ4 models are equipped with seven airbags, ESP, Bluetooth, daytime running lights, 16in alloy wheels, cruise control with speed limiter, black protective skid plates and black wheel arch extensions, the mid-spec SZ-T adds LED projector headlamps, satellite navigation, polished 17in alloy wheels, rear parking camera, front and rear parking proximity sensors, dual zone automatic air conditioning, front fog lamps, rear privacy glass, silver roof rails and silver rear skid plates. The range-topping SZ5 variant gets Radar Brake Support (RBS), leather upholstery with heated front seats, double sliding panoramic sunroof and aluminium roof rails additionally.

It also gets the same range of Boosterjet engine options as the Vitara S and Baleno. These include a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that puts out 111 horsepower and 170Nm of torque, and a 1.4-litre engine good for 138 horsepower and 220Nm of torque.

The new Suzuki S-Cross will go on sale in Europe on October 17 with a starting £14,999 (Dh71,550).