Days ago, Maruti Suzuki launched the S-Presso, which the automaker calls a mini/micro SUV. The S-Presso has the footprint of an Alto but butch styling and ample ground clearance. Since the car is so new, not many would have seen it on Indian roads to get a picture of its street presence. Here is a video that shows the S-Presso next to the Maruti Brezza, which should give you a clear picture of the micro SUV’s street presence alongside stablemate and big brother Brezza. Check out the video that shows the S-Presso lined up alongside the Brezza from multiple angles.
Aggressive styling on the front end of the S-Presso, with the high bonnet line gives it a butch stance. In fact, when viewed straight up, the S-Presso rivals the Brezza in terms of bonnet height, but is a lot narrower. The narrow width means that the S-Presso does not have the same presence of the Brezza, and even in terms of sheer height, the car is much shorter than the Brezza, which measures in at 1,640 mm.
The S-Presso’s higher variants are 1,564 mm tall, which makes is 74 mm shorter than the Brezza. All in all, the Maruti S-Presso has chunky styling and proportions that make it look larger than say other hatchbacks but the car is a lot smaller than even sub-4 meter compact SUVs such as the Brezza. Ground clearance at 180 mm is more than adequate for almost all Indian roads given the short wheelbase of 2,380 mm.
The S-Presso is one of the most affordable cars you can buy with the Maruti Suzuki badge. Prices start from Rs. 3.69 lakhs. The car is powered by the 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine that makes 67 Bhp-90 Nm, and is offered with two gearbox options: a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed automated manual. The S-Presso is the lightest car in Maruti Suzuki’s line up with a kerb weight of just 736 kilograms.
The low kerb weight of the car is thanks to the HEARTECT platform, which uses high tensile steel extensively. This gives the car adequate rigidity while keeping weight sufficiently low. The S-Presso gets twin airbags, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminders, ABS and speed alerts as key safety features on higher variants. Maruti’s SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is offered on the higher variants as well. In future, Maruti is likely to introduce CNG and LPG variants of the S-Presso.