At the end of last month, Maruti Suzuki launched its first-ever SUV-styled entry-level hatchback - the S-Presso. Here's a breakdown of its variants with their detailed features and their pricing.
The Maruti S-Presso is sold via company’s Arena dealerships and is available in a total of four variants – Standard, LXI, VXI and VXI+. While all these four variants do come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, the VXI and VXI+ offer the convenience of a five-speed AMT unit as an option. All of these variants get a BS6 version of Maruti Suzuki’s ubiquitous K10B 1.0-litre K10 petrol engine. Here, this engine puts up a maximum power output of 68 PS and a maximum torque output of 91 Nm. While the Standard and LXI variants promise a fuel efficiency of 21.4 km/l, the higher two variants, VXI and VXI+ deliver 21.7 km/l from the same engine.
All the variants are equipped with standard safety essentials, such as a driver-side airbag, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, seat belt reminders for front seats with buzzer and speed alert system. The top-spec VXI+ variant is offered with a passenger airbag and seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters as standard, while all the other variants can be had with these features as optional at an extra premium of Rs 6,000 over the respective variant. Also, all the variants of the Maruti S-Presso are available with six paint schemes, namely Sizzle Orange, Fire Red, Superior White, Silky Silver, Granite Grey and Starry Blue.
These variants, however, do differ on the natural basis of comfort and convenience features, which set them apart. Following is a complete bifurcation of what all changes are present in the various variants of Maruti Suzuki S-Presso.
This most affordable variant of the S-Presso is essentially the bare bones avatar of the car and misses out on all the required necessary features, including the taken-for-granted bits like power steering and air conditioner. The Standard variant comes with the basic design elements, like the centrally mounted digital instrument console, front cabin lights, bottle holders and map pockets in front doors, reclining and sliding front seats, 13-inch steel wheels and utility spaces in rear console and co-driver side of dashboard. The Standard variant is priced at INR 3.69 lakh* (INR 3.75 lakh* for Standard optional).
Don’t want your S-Presso to be perceived as a ‘cheap’ car? The LXI variant above it adds a bit of current generation driving appeal by having the basic essentials like power steering and manual air conditioner on board. However, it is still very much a no-frills variant, as apart from the aforementioned couple of additions, it doesn’t feature any other additional equipment. With a price tag of INR 4.05 lakh* (INR 4.11 lakh* for LXI optional), it is the obvious choice to make over the Standard variant, considering the fact that having power steering and AC are no more a thing of luxury, but a necessity.
Want to have your S-Presso to have something more? Here comes the VXI variant with a few more essentials, which were considered to be ‘luxury features’ once upon a time. Priced at INR 4.25 lakh* with MT and INR 4.68 lakh* for the one with AMT, the VXI variant features things like a basic music system with bluetooth connectivity, USB and Aux-in ports, front two speakers, remote keyless entry, roof antenna, front power windows, a 12V accessory socket, bigger 14-inch wheels with full wheel covers, speed-sensitive auto door lock, central locking and body-coloured bumpers. The instrument console here also displays some additional data like instantaneous and average fuel economy, headlamp on warning, distance to empty, gear shift indicator (in manual variant) and gear position indicator (in AMT variant). In our opinion, this is the variant to opt for over the LXI variant, as the additional features it packs indeed are worth the premium.
If you are a new-age buyer, who definitely wants something more over the ‘must haves’, the full-spec VXI+ variant is there to make you feel a bit more special. It does pack in a few new generation features over the VXI variant, which once were limited to cars from a segment above. In addition to the features of VXI, VXI+ adds a modern 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, low fuel warning and door ajar warning, daytime running LEDs, voice command system, steering-mounted audio and bluetooth controls, blackened B-pillars, coloured garnish for centre console and AC vents, body-coloured outside rearview mirrors and door handles, internally adjustable outside rearview mirrors, rear parcel tray and parking brake warning. The manual and AMT versions of the VXI+ variant will set you back by INR 4.48 lakh* and INR 4.91 lakh* respectively.
Apart from the Renault Kwid, the Maruti S-Presso rivals the Datsun Redigo. The competition includes the lower-spec configurations of the Hyundai Santro and the Tata Tiago as well.