Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is based on the Concept Future S showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and it will likely use a BSVI 1.0-litre petrol engine right from the word go
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is expected to launch a brand new model by the last week of August or in early September in the domestic market. Dubbed the S-Presso reportedly, the new model will help Maruti Suzuki to enter a segment that has not been explored much by the automakers yet.
Despite Mahindra launching the KUV100 as early as January 2016, the micro-SUV has not seen a big surge in sales figures. But, manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Tata and Hyundai are keenly observing the space that will act as a stepping stone into the world of SUVs for the first-time buyers.
While Tata Motors’ H2X concept based micro SUV is expected to arrive early next year and Hyundai appears to be preparing to enter in the near future, Maruti Suzuki tries to take advantage of the underlying potential as the S-Presso will compete against Mahindra KUV100 as well as hatchbacks like Renault Kwid.
Just as the whole industry, Maruti Suzuki is experiencing drop in sales figures consistently every month in recent times. The launch of S-Presso combined with the positive sentiments generally prevail during the festive season could act as a major instigator for the sales revival in the domestic market.
The S-Presso is based on the Concept Future S showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and it will have high ground clearance and a new design direction to lure in buyers. The exterior comprises of an upright front fascia, short bonnet structure, tall pillars to provide spacious interior, wraparound headlamps with possible LED DRLs in top-end variants, rectangular tail lamps, raked rear glass area and so on.
It is designed at Maruti Suzuki’s R&D facility in Rohtak, Haryana with key inputs from HQ back in Japan. The S-Presso will be retailed through Arena dealerships and the interior will have a round-shaped digital instrument cluster as in the concept going by the spy shots and SmartPlay infotainment system.
It will likely be powered by a BSVI compliant 1.0-litre petrol engine with five-speed manual and five-speed AMT choices. The lightweight Heartect platform could underpin the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso with priority on comfort as well as handling. The brand has sent media invites for the third week of August and it could be for the S-Presso or the six-seater Ertiga Cross, so we will be there to get you right on top of things.