Maruti Suzuki India Limited launched the XL6, a six-seater premium MPV in August and this month gears up for the launch of the S-Presso entry level small car. Unlike the XL6 which is sold via NEXA showrooms, the S-Presso will be sold through the company’s Arena dealerships.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is the production version of the Future S Concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. It will be officially launched in India on 30th September and comes in as the first Maruti Suzuki car to be completely developed in India.
The S-Presso is positioned on the Heartect platform as is also seen in the case of the WagonR, Swift, Baleno, DZire and Ertiga. This shows off how versatile this platform is to take on each of these models, of which the S-Presso is the smallest and lightest. Weighing just 726 kgs, S-Presso is even lighter than Maruti Alto 800, which weighs 730 kgs.
Where its exterior design elements are concerned, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will boast of high ground clearance at 180mm with 14” wheels for top variant. Other variants will get 13 inch wheels. No variant will get alloys. All are steel wheels, which you can decorate with plastic rims.
Dimensions will stand at 3,565mm length, 1,520mm width and 1,564mm height with a 2,380mm long wheelbase. It will receive chunky plastic bumpers at the front and rear, a new front grille, angular halogen headlamps, swept back tail lamps and integrated turn signals. Its design elements to the rear include conventional tail lamps while rear wind screen is slightly raked.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso will be offered in four variants of STD, LXi, VXi and VXi+. It will be seen with a 7” floating type touchscreen supporting both Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link while there will also be Suzuki’s SmartPlay system. In compliance to new Bharat NCAP safety requirements, the S-Presso will receive dual front air bags (top variant, others get only driver airbag), rear parking sensors, speed alert, seat belt reminder, cruise control and rear camera as standard along with ABS and EBD.
Engine specifications on the S-Presso are to be the same as those seen on the Alto. The 1.0 liter K10B petrol engine will offer 68 PS power and 90 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and AMT (top variant). Unlike Alto, S-Presso will get BS6 compliant engine.
It is also expected that Maruti Suzuki will utilize the large boot space to offer a CNG option at a later stage. This would allow the S-Presso to comply with CAFE- Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency norms. Launch price is expected at under Rs. 4 lakhs.