Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch the S-Presso ‘micro SUV’ in India tomorrow. The car has already begun reaching Maruti dealerships across India, and an enterprising Youtuber who runs a channel called Automobile Repair & Knowledge has managed to come up with a full walkaround of the S-Presso, which shows the micro SUV, inside-out. The video showcases the VXI+ trim of the S-Presso, which will also be the highest trim that it’ll be available in. Maruti will sell the S-Presso in three other trims: LXI, LXI+ and VXI. The S-Presso is expected to be slightly pricier than the Alto, which is Maruti Suzuki’s least priced, entry level offering. We expect the S-Presso to start from under Rs. 3 lakhs for the base trim. The butch-styled micro SUV will take on the Renault Kwid and the Datsun RediGo. Both manual and AMT options are expected to be on offer.
The engine powering the car will be the familiar 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol that’s also been seen on the Alto K10, WagonR and Celerio. This engine, which makes 67 Bhp-90 Nm, should offer the S-Presso ample pep given the fact that the car is truly a lightweight offering, with a kerb weight of just 726 kilograms. In fact, this lightweight build, thanks to the use of the high-tensile steel HEARTECT platform, means that the S-Presso is actually 4 kilograms lighter than even the Alto 800, a car that uses a smaller 796cc petrol engine. Clearly, a light weight and the bigger, rev happy 1 liter petrol engine should make the S-Presso peppy enough for both city commutes and the occasional highway run. The S-Presso will meet the new safety standards laid out under the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).
Expect to see a driver airbag, ABS, seat belt reminder, speed alerts, reverse parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounting points as basic safety features across trims. The car’s higher variants will get a passenger airbag. The S-Presso is likely to be positioned as a youthful micro SUV aimed at younger buyers, and Maruti has signed up Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan to promote it.
The interiors of the car also follow a youthful theme with a Mini-style center console that has the instrument cluster laid out in a large circle in the middle of the dashboard. Maruti Suzuki’s SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment interface dominates the center console, and this unit will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. It’ll be available only on the higher variants though. The S-Presso will be Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant right from launch.