Starting 11 AM today, Maruti Suzuki will commence the launch event for what happens to be one of the festive season’s biggest car launches: the S-Presso. Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan could do the unveiling honours of this latest Maruti Suzuki car, along with the automaker’s top management. Want to catch all the action live? Well, you just need to click play on the video we’ve lined up for you.
The S-Presso will be Maruti Suzuki’s Renault Kwid-challenger. It’ll gets a butch design language and high ground clearance, and these bits come together to the S-Presso the stance of a ‘micro SUV’. In terms of pricing, expect the base variant of this car to be slotted under Rs. 3 lakhs, making it very competitive and attractive to young and first time car buyers. In fact, the funky styling on the S-Presso’s interiors suggests that it will be aimed primarily at younger car buyers looking at an affordable, high ground clearance hatchback. The S-Presso borrows its mechanicals and platform from the Maruti WagonR. The car sits on the HEARTECT platform, which extensively used high tensile steel to maintain good structural stiffness and rigidity while also managing to keep kerb weight low. In fact, the S-Presso is the lightest car in Maruti Suzuki’s line up, and is even lighter than the Alto 800 with a kerb weight of just 736 kilograms.
The car’s engine is the 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series unit borrowed from the Alto K10/WagonR. This engine has already been made Bharat Stage 6 ready in the Alto K10/Celerio/WagonR, and the same is expected to happen with the S-Presso as well. Gearbox options on the new car will include a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed automated manual (AMT). While the manual gearbox is likely to be offered on all four trims: LXi, LXi+, VXi and VXi+, the AMT option is expected only on the VXi and VXi+ trims. The VXi+ trim will be the fully loaded version of the car, offering power windows at the front, a touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, twin airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, keyless entry, speed warning, seat belt reminder and ISOFIX child seat mounts as key features. Maruti Suzuki dealers across India have already begun taking bookings for the new car for a booking amount of Rs. 11,000. The car has already begun reaching dealerships across the country, and deliveries are expected to start right from today, after the price announcement.
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