India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has resumed operations in their manufacturing facilities after the nationwide lockdown due to spread of Corona Virus. Maruti has also opened over 600 dealerships and service stations across the country. India’s largest automaker had already updated most of its cars to meet the new BS6 emission norms. Earlier this year at the Auto Expo, Maruti unveiled BS6 complaint version of Ignis, Brezza Comapct SUV and even the petrol version of the upcoming S-Cross. One of the car they had on display was the S-Presso CNG and according to some reports, Maruti has now started the production of this hatchback.
Maruti had launched, the S-Presso petrol version in the market last year. we drove it in Jodhpur and if you want to have a look at the review of the same click here. S-Presso is small hatchback that competes with cars like Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid. Maruti Suzuki is marketing this hatchback as a micro SUV because of the SUV like grille, tall driving position and upright stance at the front.
According to Gaadiwaadi, Maruti has started the production for the CNG version of S-Presso, and the car will be reaching the dealerships soon. The looks and features offered on the CNG version will be similar to the petrol powered version. The CNG version is likely to be available in four trims – LXi, LXi(O), VXi and VXi(O). It is equipped with features like touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The S-Presso will be equipped with Maruti’s S-CNG technology which is a factory fitted CNG kit. It is the same technology that is seen in CNG version of Ertiga, WagonR and other Maruti cars.
The S-Presso CNG will be powered by the same K-Series 1 liter petrol engine. The inclusion of the CNG tank in the car’s boot will help make it a bit more economical than the petrol version. It can run on both petrol and CNG fuel which is an added advantage. The negative will obviously be the less power and torque figures. The petrol version of S-Presso is available with an AMT and a 5-speed manual gearbox however, the CNG version is unlikely to get the AMT version. Maruti Suzuki is betting big on CNG powered cars, which it hopes will make up for the lack of diesel engined cars in its current line up. More Maruti cars with the CNG-Petrol dual fuel option will be launched soon.