South Africa-spec Suzuki S-Presso Provides Better Safety Than Indian Model

by Vivaan Khatri | 08/12/2020
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It is claimed by the brand manager of South African Suzuki that the S Presso in India is not as safe as the South-African model.

Maruti S Presso is currently suffering a crisis due to its poor performance at the Global NCAP safety test. According to the released results, Maruti S Presso received zero-star rating at the crash test, which has become a reason for Tata Motors to throw shade at Maruti. In the face of all these controversies, Maruti Suzuki just simply affirms that the S Presso has passed the required safety test and met the standards set by the Indian government. In a recent development, Suzuki’s brand manager in South Africa, Brendon Carpenter, claimed that the S Presso sold in South Africa is safer than the India-spec model.


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In an official statement, he went on explaining, “The model that was used in the crash test is an Indian-spec model that is built exclusively for the Indian market.” He also pointed out the differences between the India-spec model and the South Africa-bound version. While the Maruti S Presso does not come with front seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load limiters, this feature is available as standard on the S Presso sold in South Africa. In addition, the base Maruti S Presso only gets driver airbags, while the South African counterpart receives dual front airbags across the range. With these enhancements, he is confident that the S Presso in the South African market is safer than the India-spec version. He also declares that “The S-Presso offers good value, but not at the expense of safety.” It should be noted that the Global NCAP only used the base model for safety testing.


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As per the crash test report, the Maruti S Presso scored zero star for adult protection and two stars for child protection. Such poor result must be contributed to the fact that the base Maruti S Presso variant lacks front passenger airbag. It was noted that the passenger’s neck and chest area were severely injured after the crash. In a different note, the Maruti S Presso’s body and footwell structure was rated as unstable. Additionally, the micro SUV is not equipped with three-point seat belts in all positions or ISOFIX anchorages for child protection.


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On the base variant, the Maruti S Preso gets features like driver-side airbags, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, speed alert, front seatbelt reminder. For the top-spec model, the safety list is added with airbag for front passenger and front belt pre-tensioners. These additional features are available as options for lower variants.


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