Scheduled to reach showrooms on the 30th of this month, the Maruti S-Presso will be among the biggest launches in the auto industry this year. Just weeks before the launch, new details about the upcoming model have surfaced online.
At launch, the Maruti S-Presso will be available in four equipment lines, and in all likeliness, it will be a petrol-only model. Under the hood, there will be an upgraded, BS-VI compliant version of the K10B 1.0-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 50 kW (67.98 PS) of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and 90 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm in the BS-IV version. A CNG variant should follow a few months later.
Typical for A-segment Maruti Suzuki models, transmission choices will include 5-speed manual and 5-speed automated manual. The AMT option will be available in only the higher-end grades. Unlike what most reports have claimed so far, the Maruti S-Presso won’t be launched as the successor to the Maruti Alto K10. The old 1.0-litre hatchback will continue being sold and it will be offered as a cheaper alternative.
The Maruti S-Presso will compete with the Renault Kwid, which was the first SUV-styled A-segment hatchback in India when launched in 2015. The French city car will reportedly get its mid-life facelift later this month, to look refreshed and brace for impact from Maruti Suzuki’s challenger. Expect the latter to be priced from over INR 3.25 lakh (ex-showroom). While the current Renault Kwid is priced from INR 2.76 lakh (ex-showroom), the facelifted Renault Kwid is likely to cost close to INR 3 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards.