Maruti Suzuki launched the S-Presso a couple of months ago, and right from launch, the crossover-styled hatchback has been a huge hit for the India’s largest car maker. Even in November 2019, the S-Presso clocked over 11,000 units in sales, which is more than double that of its direct competitor – the Renault Kwid, which incidentally got a major facelift a couple of months ago. The high demand for the S-Presso means waiting times of upto 2 months for certain variants. For those who want to jump the queue, the used car market is a good place to stop by, especially since sparingly used S-Presso hatchbacks have begun appearing in such markets across India. Here’s one such example from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, with just 52 kilometers on the odometer. The asking price is Rs. 4.9 lakhs, which happens to be the same price at which a new S-Presso in VXi trim sells for. There’s a good chance that the seller will agree to a lower price.
The VXi trim on the S-Presso is one trim lower than the highest trim, and is well equipped. Twin airbags, ABS and reverse parking sensors are key safety features on this trim. The car is powered by the 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series naturally aspirated petrol engine with 67 Bhp-90 Nm. A smooth and fuel efficient unit, this engine has proven to be extremely reliable, and very peppy on light cars.
A five speed manual gearbox is standard with this car, and higher variants are also available with a 5 speed AMT as an option. The light weight of about 758 kilograms means that the S-Presso is a very peppy car. It’s high ground clearance of 180 mm makes it suitable for both rural and urban roads. We expect a lot of demand for the S-Presso to come from semi-urban and rural markets of India, where higher ground clearance comes very handy.
The S-Presso is mainly aimed at city hatchback buyers in urban India. Butch styling is a major selling point, and Maruti Suzuki even calls it a micro SUV. Dimensionally though, the S-Presso is a little larger than the Alto, but much taller, and this gives it a high driving position and better street presence. The car shares its HEARTECT platform with the likes of the WagonR, Swift and Dzire. The extensive use of high tensile steel has allowed Maruti to keep the weight of the S-Presso low while giving the car adequate strength. The S-Presso is BS6 compliant, and is soon expected to get a CNG-Petrol dual fuel option.