S-Presso promises modern design.
Alto is a proven design.
The difference in ground clearance significant.
Maruti Suzuki has had no problem shifting Altos off its showroom floors, and sales have been steady (if a little less than last year) even though the sales slump the automotive industry is offering. However, the upcoming S-Presso promises to excite the car-buying public once again, with its Kwid-rivalling dimensions and features, backed up with Maruti’s reliability, and service backup. How does it measure up against the established Alto K10, though?
A table detailing the differences is given below.
All Dimensions in mm
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
First, the styling – and there’s no other word for this – makes the car look very cute, at least in the images. The Alto has become ubiquitous and we’re immune to its charms. The Kwid played it safe in a bid to appeal to a large audience, but the S-Presso has a long history of funky Kei cars to draw from. That French bulldog of a face will get its fair share of supporters and detractors, but the latter will be a minority. The grille and headlamps have Vitara Brezza inspiration, and that’s no bad thing. The large bumper both at the front and rear is broken up by matt black plastic at the bottom, which hides its height. The side is not very detailed – the flared wheel arches are the most aggression on it – but the rear is quite detailed as well. The tail lamps have drawn inspiration from the Mercedes A-Class and eat quite significantly into the tailgate. Alloy wheels don’t seem to be a factory-fitted option but we’re sure we’ll see some options at the dealer level.
The dimensions of the S-Presso stand at 3565mm long, 1520mm wide, and 1564mm high. The first two dimensions are very similar to the Alto, but there’s a massive difference in height, mostly due to the extra 20mm of ground clearance that the S-Presso has. Look closer, though, and you’ll notice that there’s still 69 more mm left over after you account for the ground clearance. Also take into consideration the wheelbase difference, which is 40mm more for the S-Presso, and you can safely arrive at the conclusion that the S-Presso will offer a more upright seating position (of course, it’s an SUV-styled product) but with 4cm more wheelbase, that should translate into a massive increase in rear legroom.
Power will be derived from the same source: a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine generating 67bhp and 90Nm. Gearbox options offered will be a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT.