Maruti Suzuki has just released a teaser of the upcoming S-Presso micro SUV, which will be launched in India on the 30th of September, 2019. The teaser shows a butch micro SUV that looks like a baby brother of the Brezza. It’ll be interesting to see if the lines of the teaser are carried over to the production version. The S-Presso will sit below the Maruti Brezza sub-4 meter compact SUV in terms of positioning, and will take on the likes of the Hyundai Santro and the Renault Kwid. The S-Presso will use the HEARTECT platform that it shares with a slew of Maruti Suzuki cars including the WagonR and Ertiga. This platform will allow Maruti Suzuki’s engineers to minimize weight of the car while boosting pick-up, fuel efficiency and crash safety thanks to the extensive use of high tensile steel. The S-Presso weighs a super light 726 Kgs, which actually makes it lighter than even the Alto 800.
The Maruti S-Presso measures 3,565 mm in length, which makes is shorter than the Renault Kwid, whose length is 3,679 mm while wheelbase is also smaller than that of the Kwid, at 2,380 mm. In terms of height, the S-Presso is much taller, with a height of 1,564 mm, and this is the factor that gives it the stance of a micro SUV. It’ll share its engine with the Maruti Alto K10. The 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol motor will make 67 Bhp-90 Nm, and will drive the front wheels. There will be two gearboxes on offer: a 5 speed manual and an automated manual (AMT). As for pricing, the S-Presso is expected to start from under Rs. 3.5 lakhs, making it very affordable. In fact, the car could slot in between the Alto 800 and K10 models in terms of positioning, and this could give the Renault Kwid a tough time. It will be sold in four variants: Std, LXi, VXi and VXi+.
The S-Presso will meet Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms right from launch, and will be a petrol-only offering initially. High fuel efficiency is a given considering the light weight, and the car is also expected to be quite peppy. Eventually, expect CNG and LPG dual fuel options to be made available. A diesel engine has been ruled out though. The car will be Maruti Suzuki’s big festive season launch for this year, and is expected to bring in big numbers. Like most other automakers in India, Maruti Suzuki has been hit hard by the sales slowdown. The automaker will be hoping that the S-Presso’s launch perks up festive season sales.
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