Maruti Suzuki is going to launch the S-Presso in India soon. It is the production version of the Future-S concept that the carmaker showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. Maruti Suzuki is yet to confirm the date of announcement of prices of the S-Presso, but it is rumoured that it would the 30th day of September when these are announced. A new online report now claims that the S-Presso will be available with the AMT as well, apart from a manual transmission.
While it remains to be seen on what day does Maruti launch the S-Presso, availability of AMT alongside the manual transmission seems a likely event. Maruti Suzuki has not shied away from equipping all its models, even at the lower end, with an AMT. The S-Presso is likely to be positioned above the Alto, but below the WagonR, and since both these models already come with both manual and AMT option, the S-Presso should follow suit.
The S-Presso will be a new entry-level/compact hatchback in Maruti’s stable, but it will come with an SUV-like design. It is expected to be based on the same Heartect platform that underpins the new WagonR.
Spy images of early prototypes of the car reveal an upright boxy styling along with a high bonnet line. It has been endowed with a large front grille, large angular headlights and swept-back tail lights with integrated turn blinkers. If the rumours are to be believed, the S-Presso will have the highest ground clearance in its segment, which means it would stand taller above the ground compared to the Kwid.
On the inside, the S-Presso will get a touchscreen infotainment system and the instrument console will be positioned in the middle of the dashboard. Features like driver’s airbag, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminders, speed alert and reverse parking sensors will be standard.
Under the hood, expect the S-Presso to come equipped with a BS VI compliant 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that also does the duty under the hood of the WagonR. Manual and AMT gearbox option should be on offer alongside.
The Maruti S-Presso will be posing as a direct rival to the Renault Kwid, which is the first SUV-inspired entry level hatchback in India. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 4-6 lakh.