Maruti Suzuki had launched the S-Presso hatchback on September 30. Within 10 days of its India launch, the hatchback SUV has accumulated over 10,000 bookings in the country. The S-Presso is priced in the range of Rs. 3.69 lakh – 4.91 lakh (ex-showroom).
The S-Presso is Maruti’s attempt to leverage sales from rising Indian customer interest from SUV-like models. The Renault Kwid has shown that the hatchback market too has an inclination towards cars that have an SUV-like stance. With its high riding looks, the S-Presso does have some polarising looks. However, this has liberated more cabin space on the inside, while also appealing to buyers who are looking for a big-car-feel on a budget.
The Maruti S-Presso is powered by a BS-6 compliant 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of putting out 68 PS and 90 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options on offer include a 5-speed manual and an AMT automatic. We have driven the S-Presso and can thus confidently comment that the engine is quite smooth, refind and responsive. Our full review of the Maruti S-Presso will soon be out.
In the Indian market, the Maruti S-Presso competes against the likes of the Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-Go.