New Maruti S-Presso beats the facelifted Kwid to take the lead in the small car sales report in February 2020
Thanks to the introduction of Renault Triber and Renault Kwid facelift, the Indian subsidiary of the French automaker has been witnessing a positive sales growth at a time when the industry is struggling to sail through the economic slowdown. In fact, Renault India is also among the top companies to register good year-on-year sales increase in February 2020, which is something that can be heavily attributed to the sales of the Triber and new Kwid.
However, Maruti Suzuki’s new micro-SUV, the S-Presso has defeated the Renault Kwid facelift in terms of sales in just three months of its launch. The S-Presso was launched at the same time as the Kwid facelift and the former has been better-received by the Indian customers than the refreshed hatchback from Renault.
Until the end of February 2020, Maruti Suzuki managed to sell more than 35,000 units of the S-Presso in the Indian market and more than 9,578 units were sold during last month. In comparison, the Renault Kwid facelift sold only 4,187 units during the same month. It has also posted a 17 % de-growth as against 5,050 units sold in February 2019. Based on the Future S concept that debuted at the 2018 Auto Expo, Maruti S-Presso is a micro-SUV that competes directly in the budget-end crossover-ish hatchback cars segment in India. The S-Presso is available in 4 variants and comes powered by a 1.0-litre K10 petrol engine conforming to the BSVI emission standards.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso (Manual) Acceleration Test
This engine is capable of generating 68 HP of maximum power and 90 Nm of peak torque and paired with either a 5-speed MT or a 5-speed AGS option. Despite being a budget-end vehicle, the S-Presso offers some attractive features like a seven-inch SmartPlay Studio touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, digital instrumentation among others.
On the other hand, Renault India launched the facelifted Kwid last year with some styling and feature updates. The updated Kwid resembles its China-spec electric sibling, K-ZE and boasts some impressive features like a new digital instrument cluster, Triber-sourced steering wheel, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and so on.
Renault Kwid facelift draws the power from an 800 cc engine and a 1.0-litre engine that churn out 54 HP/ 72 Nm and 68 HP/ 91 Nm, respectively.Currently, the Renault Kwid facelift is on sale at Rs 2.92 – 5.01 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the Maruti S-Presso is retailed at Rs 3.7 – 4.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).