Maruti Suzuki will launch two new models by the end of this year, the XL6 6-seat MPV and the S-Presso micro-SUV. The latter, planned to be launched this festive season, has been spied on test yet again, courtesy CarToq.
For the uninitiated, the Maruti S-Presso has evolved from the Maruti Future-S Concept that debuted at Auto Expo 2018. Seeing the changing demand and preference of the modern-day customers, the S-Presso will carry forward the torch from the Alto which has been the 'go-to' car for the first time buyers in India. The 'S-Presso' will thus be launched as a direct successor to the Alto and will present a bold new option with SUV-inspired looks like the Renault Kwid. The 'S-Presso' will be the company's first new budget car after almost seven years.
The Maruti S-Presso will feature a flattish bonnet and a higher ground clearance in comparison to the Alto and will carry a much contemporary design. It has been developed specifically keeping the Indian market needs in mind and its R&D has been carried by Maruti Suzuki's team with assistance from Suzuki. It is the second product from Maruti Suzuki's R&D unit after the Vitara Brezza.
The Maruti S-Presso will likely be based on the flexible and lightweight Heartect platform and will employ a BS-VI version of the K10B 1.0-litre engine which delivers 68 PS at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm in the BS-IV from. The engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automated manual transmission.
For obvious reasons, the Maruti S-Presso will be sold through the Maruti Arena outlets.