2019 Maruti S Presso is all set to be officially launched on 30th of September. Also regarded as the small Alto SUV, our in-house design expert has come up with a close-to-reality rendering of the micro crossover. What you see here is pretty close to the production version which will be pitted against the Renault Kwid.
To recap, S-Presso is the production version of Maruti Suzuki Future-S concept which was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. Though the idea has been carried forward, the production ready car looks significantly watered down from the concept in the interest of keeping the cost in check. The tall stance and seating position would be appreciated by the target audience.
The Maruti S-Presso would be in the world of crossovers what Alto has been in the world of hatchbacks – an affordable no-nonsense runabout for the middle class audience. Expected to be priced at par with the Renault Kwid, the Maruti micro crossover will be equipped with dual airbags, ABS, speed alert system, front passenger seat belt reminder and reverse parking sensor as standard fitment across the range.
That said, the base variant could eschew power steering and air conditioning to arrive at a tempting entry price point which would go a long way in bringing footfalls to the outlets.
Underpinned by Suzuki’s lightweight Heartect modular platform, the Maruti S-Presso will be powered by BS-VI version of the K10B 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine. In its BS-VI guise, the motor produces 68 hp and 90 Nm of torque. To be available with 5-speed manual gearbox and 5-speed AMT, the petrol motor is estimated to have a fuel economy figure of around 20 kmpl.
Maruti has been registering massive decline in YoY sales in the last few months and the eagerly anticipated S-Presso is expected to offer some much needed relief.
Considering that the car will comply with both crash test norms and BS-VI emission norms right from day one, there would be no reason for prospective customers to postpone their purchase decisions. A GST rate cut for automobiles from the government before the launch date would come as a mighty boost for the new Maruti.