Maruti S-Presso, the upcoming SUV-inspired hatchback of Maruti Suzuki is slated to be launched on 30th of this month. The S-Presso is the production version of the Future-S concept of Maruti, which made its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. It will be an entry-level compact crossover expected to be positioned between the Alto K10 and the WagonR hatchbacks.
The S-Presso has been spied testing several times and from the pics, it is very clear that the upcoming Maruti will also get a tall-boy design similar to the WagonR. Unlike the other Maruti hatchbacks, the S-Presso will feature an SUV-inspired design with squared-out proportions and pseudo-SUV details like bold front-end, chunky front and rear bumpers. In its interior, the S-Presso will get a dark grey theme and colour-coordinated elements similar to the one seen on the Future S concept, with a large cabin space.
As a segment-first feature, it will be getting the touchscreen infotainment system with rear camera and is the very first model of Maruti Suzuki to feature a central-mounted digital speedometer. Other features include the dynamic central control, best-in-class ground clearance, LED DRLs, prominent front wheel arches, a blacked-out B-pillar, flap-type door handles, turn indicators mounted on the front fenders along with standard safety features like ABS with EBD, dual airbags, rear parking sensors, front seatbelt reminder and speed alert system.
Maruti is likely to offer the S-Presso in four variants with Petrol engine option alone. Under the hood, the S-Presso will feature the same 1.0-litre, K10B Petrol engine of the Maruti Alto K10, but in the BS6-compliant version. The three-cylinder DOHC engine produces 67bhp power at 6,000rpm and 90Nm of peak torque at 3,500rpm. Transmission duties are likely to be handled by 5-speed Manual and AMT gearbox options. A 1.2-litre Petrol engine is expected to be offered later.
In terms of dimensions, the S-Presso is comparatively shorter and narrower but is taller than its direct rival, the Renault Kwid. It measures 3565mm, 1520mm and 1564mm in terms of length, width and height respectively. It has a wheelbase measurement of 2380mm and ground clearance of 180mm. The S-Presso will run on 14-inch wheels shod with 165/70-section tyres and its fuel tank capacity is 27 litres.
At an expected price tag of around Rs. 5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Maruti S-Presso will compete with the likes of the Renault Kwid and the Datsun redi-GO.