“S-Presso”: Maruti Suzuki launched budget hatchback

Maruti Suzuki “S-Presso” price starts at Rs 3.69 lakh

After much anticipation, Maruti Suzuki has launched its latest budget hatchback, the SUV-inspired S-Presso, in India at an introductory starting price of Rs 3.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Budget hatchback Maruti Suzuki “S-Presso” launched in Kalyani Motors, Bangalore.

BS6-compliant version of Maruti’s 1.0-litre K10B petrol engine. The unit is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, but gets the option of a 5-speed AMT unit as well on the higher two variants.

The S-Presso is available in four trim levels – Std, LXi, VXi and VXi+; all but the top VXi+ are offered with an Option pack that adds a front passenger airbag and seat belt pre-tensioners. Here is a look at what you get in each trim level.

The platform not only brings structural rigidity benefits that will help it meet the new crash test norms, but it also helps make the car light – it weighs just 726-767kg, depending on the variant. As for the dimensions, it measures 3,565mm in length, 1,520mm in width and 1,564mm in height (the Std and LXi variants are 15mm shorter due to the 13-inch wheels) with a 2,380mm long wheelbase. The ground clearance is set at 180mm.

In terms of styling, the Maruti S-Presso retains the upright shape that was previewed by the Future S concept on display at Auto Expo 2018. It has a squared-off front end with a high bonnet line, and the halogen headlights merge into the slim grille.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso variant-wise prices
Variants Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)

  • Standard Rs 3.69 lakh
  • LXi Rs 4.05 lakh
  • VXi Rs 4.25 lakh
  • VXi+ Rs 4.48 lakh
  • VXi AMT Rs 4.68 lakh
  • VXi+ AMT Rs 4.91 lakh

At this price point, it seems like the base variant is priced competitively but is barebones, while the higher-spec trims are well-kitted if pricey, considering the segment.

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Maruti Suzuki S-Presso First Car Key was handed over to Nagashree G. S., Indian television serial actress & Yakshagana artist at Kalyani Motors, Bangalore on Monday. Kalyani Motors COO Venkateshwara Rao, CGM S.N. Shetty and AGM Natraj were present.

Inside, the S-Presso’s dashboard design doesn’t stray too far from the one seen on the Future S concept. It gets an all-black theme with colour-coded orange bits on the top-spec trim. The dashboard is upright and features a centrally-mounted digital speedometer and tachometer, which is reminiscent of the Mini’s. The touchscreen infotainment system is positioned right below it. The central AC vents are positioned on either side of the instrument cluster. With the parcel tray in, the S-Presso’s boot space is rated at 240 litres, though its removal adds another 30 litres of luggage carrying capacity.

In terms of equipment, ABS, a driver-side airbag, rear parking sensors, seat-belt reminders, a digital speedometer and a speed alert system are standard across the range. The Option Pack, which is available on all variants except the top-spec, adds a passenger side airbag. Additionally, top-spec S-Pressos get a manual air conditioner, Maruti’s 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition, steering-mounted controls, rear parcel tray, body-coloured ORVMs and door handles, and a 12V accessory socket. There are no alloy wheels on any variant, though Maruti does have an extensive list of accessories that can be added to the model, for a bit more cash.

Powering the S-presso is Maruti’s BS6-compliant 1.0-litre K10B petrol engine that puts out 68hp and 90Nm of torque.

The lower variants have an ARAI-certified mileage figure of 21.4kpl while the higher VXi and VXi+ variants (in manual and AMT form) are rated at 21.7kpl.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso Std [Rs 3.69 lakh]

  • Driver airbag
  • ABS
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Front seatbelt reminders
  • Speed alert system
  • Digital speedometer
  • Vehicle immobiliser
  • 13-inch steel wheels

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso LXi [Rs 4.05 lakh]
In addition to the Std trim, the LXi gets:

  • Air conditioner
  • Power Steering
  • Sun visors

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso VXi [Rs 4.25-4.68 lakh]
Over and above the LXi, the VXi packs in:

  • Keyless entry
  • Central locking
  • Speed sensitive door locks
  • Maruti’s SmartPlay Dock audio system with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Front power windows
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Wheel covers for the 14-inch steel wheels
  • Gear shift indicator (MT only)
  • 12V accessory socket
  • Gear position indicator (AMT only)

Maruti S-Presso VXi+ [Rs 4.48-4.91 lakh]
The fully-loaded VXi+ additionally gets:

  • Front passenger airbag
  • 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio infotainment system with voice recognition
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Rear parcel tray
  • Internal wing mirror adjustment
  • Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • Body coloured wing mirrors and door handles
  • Parking brake warning
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