- Maruti Suzuki S-Presso launched at Rs 3.69 lakh onward
- Has six variants
- We explain what those six variants offer
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso was launched at Rs 3.69 lakh yesterday, and the company has revealed that it will be available in six variants. But what do those variants mean, and what do they offer? We take a look and explain.
First, let’s look at the common things, beginning with the driveline. There is only one engine on offer, the Alto’s K10 engine, a 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol that is good for 7bhp and 90Nm. It is offered with either a five speed manual or a five speed AMT gearbox.
Also common to all variants is the mandated-by-law driver airbag, ABS with EBD, front seatbelt reminders, and speed warning buzzer. The centrally mounted digital instrument cluster is common to all variants as well, as are rear parking sensors.
The Standard is the base variant, which has all the features mentioned above as standard. On the options list is a passenger airbag, seatbelt pretensioners, and a sunvisor.
Maruti has gone the way of the Tata Nano and in an effort to get that shock base price, it has not offered power steering and air conditioning to this variant. So this might not be the right variant for a lot of people. The tyre size is 140/80 R13, which is something to note because this is the smaller of two tyre sizes offered on the S-Presso.
Add Rs 36,000 to the Standard’s price, minus the options, and you’ll net yourself an S-Presso LXi. The extra cash adds power steering, air-conditioning, and… nothing else. Interestingly, these two variants are rated at 21.4kpl and not the 21.7kpl of the other variants, thanks to the smaller wheel size.
Another Rs 19,000 up the ladder, at Rs 4.24 is the VXi MT. This is where most of the sales will begin to come from. You get an accessory socket, a keyless entry Smartplay dock, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and aux in connections, two speakers that will cover the front row, and front power windows, body coloured bumpers, and a roof antenna.
That digital instrument cluster also offers more information, displaying fuel consumption, distance to empty, a headlamp on warning buzzer, and a gearshift indicator for the manual. In the AMT, you get a gear display instead. Speaking of which, the AMT is priced at a premium of Rs 43,000 over the VXi MT, at Rs 4.67 lakh. You get larger wheels and tyres here on up, at 166/70 R14.
Finally, there is the VXi+, at Rs 4.48 lakh for the manual and Rs 4.91 lakh for the AMT. Features that you can look forward to here are quite a few. On the outside, it is gets body coloured mirrors and door handles, a blacked out B-pillar, and full wheel covers. Inside, it gets a rear parcel tray, internally adjustable mirrors, and steering mounted controls.
In addition to this the S-Presso offers the SmartPlay studio, whose features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, low fuel warning, door ajar warning, and a parking brake warning. All of this is available at a premium of Rs 24,000 over the equivalent VXi variants.