Maruti Suzuki unveiled the Future-S concept at Auto Expo 2018, and since then there have been several speculation surrounding its production version, which will likely replace the Alto range. Now, a report from The Economic Times says that the production version of the Future-S concept will be named 'S-Presso'.
Inspired by the success story of the Renault Kwid boasting an SUV-inspired design which is much loved, Maruti has decided to launch its own entry-level crossover 'S-Presso' during the festive season this year. With the 'S-Presso', Maruti will be launching the first all-new budget car after almost seven years. Road testing of the production version has already commenced, spy shots have revealed.
The 'S-Presso' has been designed and engineered by Maruti Suzuki's R&D unit with assistance from Suzuki. It will be the second major product developed by the Indian team after the Vitara Brezza. Maruti Suzuki will save on royalty payment to Suzuki because of the indigenous nature of development. It is most likely to be based on the Heartect platform and will be equipped with all the mandatory safety features (by the time it's launched) such as high-speed warning alert, driver and co-driver SBR, driver airbag and rear parking sensors as standard.
The Maruti S-Presso will be powered by the BS-VI version of the BS-IV K10B 1.0-litre engine that produces 68 PS at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. 5-speed manual and 5-speed automated manual will be the transmission choices.
Maruti Suzuki will sell the S-Presso through its Arena outlets. Hyundai is considering a similar model, but it is unlikely to launch it by next year.
[Source - ETAuto]