The largest car manufacturer of India – Maruti Suzuki will drive in an all-new small car later this year. The new car will be based on the Future-S Concept that was unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo and in the production guise, it will be known as S-Presso. The all-new car will take on the likes of Renault Kwid, Tata Tiago and the Mahindra KUV100 in the market. The launch of the all-new S-Presso will happen at around the festive season this year.
The S-Presso will be the first-ever small car that has been developed by the Suzuki’s Indian Research and Development team. The design end engineering was carried out at Maruti Suzuki’s Rohtak facility in Haryana with support from the Suzuki Motor, Japan. The S-Presso will be the second all-new vehicle that has been developed by the Indian team. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which is the best-selling UV in the Indian market for a long time was the first product that was developed by Maruti Suzuki India. This will allow Maruti Suzuki to save a percentage on the royalty payments to Suzuki Motor. On an average Maruti Suzuki pays around 5% of the revenue on a model as royalty payment to the parent company Suzuki Motor, Japan. However, for the S-Presso, the royalty payment will be lower at 4% reports Economic Times.
The all-new car will be sold through the Arena dealership network of the brand, which has been upgraded recently to offer world-class services. It should be noted that Maruti Suzuki dominates the entry-level segment with offerings like the Alto, the new car will further push the market share of the brand in India.
Since the S-Presso will be based on the Future S concept, it will carry forward the crossover design. The popularity of the SUVs is rising around the world and the new hatchback will get the SUV DNA to attract the mass segment. Not many details are known about the all-new car but the near-production-ready car has already been spied testing under heavy camouflage multiple times on the Indian roads
Maruti Suzuki has already formally announced that they will not sell diesel-powered vehicles in the Indian market once the BS6 emission regulations are implemented in India. The all-new car is expected to be powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine that powers various entry-level cars of Maruti Suzuki including the all-new WagonR. It will also offer the AMT automatic transmission and will get basic safety features like ABS and dual airbags as standard. The S-Presso is likely to get premium interior with a large touchscreen on the dashboard and will come with funky dual-tone colours. It will be a likely equivalent product to Maruti Suzuki Ignis that is sold through the premium Nexa dealerships in India.