Maruti S-Presso has been launched in India. No, it is not a can of coffee. It’s their new small car. Named after Espresso coffee, Maruti is targeting the young and independent generation of India with this new car.
Based on the Maruti Future-S concept from Auto Expo 2018, S-Presso in its production form seems to be inspired by a number of SUVs which are on sale in India already. These include Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti Brezza.
And now, thanks to a new photo shared by automotive enthusiast Gowtham V, the Maruti S Presso seems uncannily similar to the Jeep Compass as well. Pictured next to each other, is Maruti S Presso fit to be called as a Baby Compass?
No. It will not be right to compare the two cars, even in dreams. It is not only price which separates the two by a huge margin, but also quality, performance, safety, etc. One costs Rs 20 lakhs, the other Rs 4 lakhs. Maruti S Presso is a volume car, which aims to help Maruti boost their sales in India. Compass on the other hand, is a premium, aspirational car which is made by Jeep.
Maruti has listed S-Presso as an SUV on their website. Maruti S Presso is built on Heartect platform, making it the 7th vehicle in the company lineup after the WagonR, Swift, Dzire, Ertiga, Ignis and Baleno to be based on this platform. Where overall dimensions are concerned, the S-Presso stands 3,565 mm in length, 1,520 mm in width and it has a 2,380 mm long wheelbase.
There is a difference in height depending on variants with the height of Std and LXi variants at 1,549 mm, while VXi and VXi+ variants stand at 1,564 mm. Where its exterior makeup is concerned, the new S-Presso gets a flat bonnet design, squared headlamps, a chunky bumper and an upright windscreen. It gets a new grille design and black plastic cladding is seen all around its exteriors with blacked out bumpers and B Pillars but body coloured ORVMs and door handles.
The new S-Presso is powered by a BS VI compliant 1 liter K10 petrol engine offering 67 bhp power at 5,500 rpm and 90 Nm torque at 3,500 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox with the option of an Auto Shift Gear and Automated Manual Transmission. The carmaker claims mileage of 21.4 kmpl on the Std and LXi variants and at 21.7 kmpl on the VXi and VXi+ variants. Price starts from Rs 3.7 lakhs, ex-sh.