Maruti launched the S-Presso in September last year and has sold more than 50,000 units of the car by the end of February 2020.
Hitting the apex at correct speed makes things easier to win a race. The situation is quite similar with Maruti as well. The largest carmaker of the country launched the S-Presso last year in September at a starting price of Rs. 3.71 lakh. The small car has turned out to be immensely successful for the manufacturer as Maruti has already sold more than 50,000 units of the car till February 2020, which is just 6 months from September 2019, when it was initially launched. Some basic calculations show that Maruti has sold an S-Presso every 5th minute in the last 6 months!
The S-Presso adorns quirky SUV-like styling, which combined with the boxy silhouette make it look quite distinctive in its segment. However, the boxy silhouette has carved out a lot of space on the inside, so much so, it can seat 4 full-size adults without any major discomfort. Also, it should be noted that 97% of the total S-Pressos’ sold are the top-spec VXI trim of the car. This indicates that car buyers now look for features more than just necessity.
The S-Presso with its funky styling is a hoot to drive around the town. Not because it gets any powerful engine with loads of electronics and carbon-ceramic brakes, but a small tractable motor screwed on a capable and pliant chassis. Talking of the specifications, it gets a 3-cylinder petrol motor that displaces 1000 cubic centimetres of air-fuel charge to belt out 68 PS of peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque. The transmission options available with this car are a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed AMT. Tipping the scale at just 726 kilograms, the S-Presso has a power to weight ratio of 93 PS/Tonne, which is just 6 units short of Polo GT TSI’s power to weight ratio of 99 PS/Tonne.
To keep the driver safety in check, S-Presso comes equipped with ABS with EBD, seat-belting warning, high-speed alerts, and driver side airbags as standard; however, the higher-spec variant can be had with passenger-side airbag as well. To keep the interest of buyers intact, Maruti will soon be launching a CNG-equipped version of the S-Presso, which was showcased at the recently concluded 2020 Auto Expo.