After teasing for so long, Maruti Suzuki has finally unveiled the much-awaited S-Presso hatchback with a starting price of INR 3.69 lakh. This new hatchback from the top carmaker company in India will compete directly against the already popular - Kwid from Renault, which starts at INR 2.83 lakh. One must note that the all-new S-Presso from Maruti is based on Suzuki’s Heartech platform, which is also present in the company’s popular car models like Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Dzire, and Swift. The presence of the “Heartech platform” in S-Presso also means that it is very light - weighs between 726-767 kg, depending upon the variant.
As far as car dimension goes, S-Presso is 3,565mm in length, 1,520mm in width and 1,564mm in height with the wheelbase size of 2380 mm. Although, the Standard and LXI variants are a bit shorter due to the 13-inch wheels. The ground clearance is set at 180 mm, which is very much neck to neck with Kwid.
Styling and Looks:
An upright shape can be seen in the new S-Presso hatchback, which was also put on display during the Future S concept on display at Auto Expo 2018. A squared-off front end with a high bonnet line, halogen headlights, and a slim grille are some of the key exterior highlights of this new hatch from Maruti. The grille designed by S-Presso is very much inspired by its big daddy - Brezza, which also gives it a micro-SUV feel.
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The interior design of the new S-Presso is not away from the one that was displayed during the Future S concept 2018. An all-black theme with orange-coloured bits is present inside the car. The interior desired is very much inspired by the modern-day Minis as expected. It comes with a centrally mounted instrument cluster with a digital speedometer and tachometer. The infotainment system is positioned right below the instrument cluster whereas the central AC vents are flanked on either side of the instrument console. Maruti Suzuki’s SmartPlay Studio interface, hazard warning button, 240-litre boot space, and power windows are some other interior highlights of this new hatch.
In terms of safety, the all-new S-Presso complies will all the modern-day safety norms proposed by the Indian government with features like ABS, seat-belt reminders, a driver-side airbag, rear parking sensors, a digital speedometer, and a speed alert system. All these features come as standard. Maruti also provides an extensive list of car accessories in its Option Pack, which is available on all variants except the top-spec. On the other hand, the top-spec S-Presso variant comes with features like a manual air conditioner, Maruti’s 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio touchscreen infotainment system, and door handles, and a 12V accessory socket, steering-mounted controls, rear parcel tray, and body-coloured ORVMs.
Power & Mileage:
The major highlight of all-new S-Presso is Maruti’s BS6-compliant 1.0-litre K10B petrol power mill that churns out a power of 68hp with 90 Nm of torque. This upgraded engine is also likely to debut on the likes of Wagon R, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, and Celerio in the coming months. A 5-speed manual or AMT is also present in this new hatch as a gearbox option. Surprisingly, the lower-spec variants of S-Presso have an ARAI-certified mileage figure of 21.4kpl while the higher VXi and VXi+ variants are rated at 21.7kpl without any certification.
As far as competition is concerned, S-Presso will target directly at the Renault Kwid which is currently priced in the range of INR 2.76 lakh to INR 4.75 lakh. Given the fact that the new Kwid has also been updated recently, the competition in the newly-formed micro SUV segment is ready to go one level up. Datsun Redi Go 1.0 starting at INR 3.90 lakh is another effective alternate for Kwid and S-Presso in this segment.