Maruti Suzuki launched its entry-level micro-SUV, the S-Presso, in September this year. Now the company is likely planning to launch a CNG variant of the same, suggests new spy shots published by GaadiWaadi.
Earlier this year, Maruti Suzuki revealed its plans on making its entire small-car portfolio CNG equipped. The company is optimistic about the expansion of its CNG portfolio since the government is working on significantly increasing the availability of CNG throughout the nation and CNG is considered as a cleaner fuel in comparison to the regular gasoline or diesel fuels.
The company calls its CNG vehicles 'S-CNG' vehicles. Currently, five of its passenger models are already kitted with CNG, namely Alto, Alto K10, Celerio, WagonR and Ertiga. With the launch of the S-Presso CNG, the total count will reach to six. Apart from this, its commercial offerings such as Dzire Tour S, Eeco and Super Carry are also offered with CNG.
The Maruti S-Presso is based on Suzuki's Heartect K platform with 98% localisation. It is powered by the BS-VI K10B 1.0-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine which delivers 50 kW (67.98 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine is offered with transmission choices of 5-speed manual and 5-speed automated manual. The fuel economy rating, irrespective of the transmission selected, is 21.7 km/l (VXI/VXI+)/21.4 km/l (STD/LXI).
In other updates, Suzuki will co-develop a Hyundai Creta rival with Toyota. It will be based on the Toyota Raize's DNGA platform. Toyota will also have a version of this model.
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