Maruti Suzuki is moving away from diesel power on its smaller cars, and true to that strategy, the recently launched S-Presso does not even have a diesel engine option. The butch looking car could soon be offered with a CNG-Petrol dual fuel option, and this picture suggests just that. The CNG-powered Maruti Suzuki S-Presso could be anywhere between a few weeks to a few months away.
The S-Presso’s instrument cluster indicates a CNG mode, and this mode will glow when the car is being run on CNG. When it’s run on petrol, the CNG light will go off. This is a common feature that many of Maruti Suzuki’s CNG cars come with. The S-Presso shares its 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine with the Maruti WagonR and the Celerio – two other hatchbacks that get a CNG-Petrol dual fuel option on certain variants. So, offering a CNG option on the S-Presso should be a straight forward thing. The CNG powered version is likely to be about Rs. 40,000-50,000 pricier.
The CNG powered version of the S-Presso is for those who want a much lower running cost that’s comparable to that of diesel mainly for city driving. Since CNG dispensing infrastructure is not very well developed in most parts of India, the S-Presso owner can seamlessly shift to petrol power on highway, inter-city trips. Prices of the petrol powered S-Presso start from Rs. 3.69 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Based on the HEARTECT platform, which is known for keeping things very light thanks to use of high tensile steel, the S-Presso is the lightest car in Maruti Suzuki’s line-up, with a kerb weight of just 736 kilograms. The light weight of the car should translate into very peppy performance, and we’ll be able to give you a full picture of that shortly, through our first drive review.
The car gets twin airbags, ABS, speed alerts, seat belt reminder and reverse parking sensors as standard on the higher variants. Higher variants of the S-Presso also get a touchscreen infotainment system that Maruti calls SmartPlay. The infotainment system gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which gives this affordable car a host of features such as Navigation, Bluetooth calling and music streaming. The S-Presso has a butch looks and is designed to give younger buyers the experience of an urban crossover. Its 180 mm of ground clearance means that it can handle all kinds of road conditions. The S-Presso is meant to rival the likes of the Renault Kwid Climber and Hyundai Santro in terms of pricing and positioning.