After much anticipation, Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the S-Presso at an introductory price of Rs 3.69 lakh. The ‘micro SUV’ is available in two engine-gearbox combinations and four trim levels and competes with the new Kwid.

The S-Presso is  also underpins models like the Swift, Dzire and Wagon R. The platform not only brings structural rigidity benefits that will help it meet the new crash test norms, but it also helps make the car light – it weighs just 726-767kg, depending on the variant. As for the dimensions, it measures 3,565mm in length, 1,520mm in width and 1,564mm in height (the Std and LXi variants are 15mm shorter due to the 13-inch wheels) with a 2,380mm long wheelbase. The ground clearance is set at 180mm, which is on par with the Kwid, but it gets larger 165/70 R14 tyres in comparison on the higher-spec variants.

Maruti Suzuki will retail the S-Presso from its Arena chain of dealerships. The brand has invested Rs 640 crore in the development of the new hatchback and has claimed that it has achieved 98 percent localisation of parts and components. In terms of rivals, the S-Presso is aimed squarely at the Renault Kwid which is currently priced from Rs 2.76 lakh to Rs 4.75 lakh.

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