Suzuki's S-Presso is a Shot at Kwid


This could become the brand's budget crossover despite already having multiple budget cars in its lineup.

Suzuki has now released pricing and local specification of the S-Presso.

With many of Suzuki’s South African market cars similar to those delivered to India, any new reveal in the world’s second-most populous country is important.

Suzuki’s latest product initiative is a production version of the Future S concept car, which was first shown in last year.

This new crossover will broaden Suzuki’s gravel travel vehicle offering and it has been renamed S-Presso. For loyal followers of the brand, the coffee naming association will not be new, as Suzuki’s once marketed a two-seater compact sportscar, named the Cappuccino.

In terms of size, the S-Presso measures 3.67m bumper-to-bumper, 1.52m across and stands 1.55m high. Those numbers class it as very slightly smaller than the current Suzuki Ignis.

The styling features a faux grille with hexagonally shaped detailing and some interesting headlamp design, but the overall shape features a collection of quite simple stampings. S-Presso also rolls a choice of two wheel sizes, 13- or 14-inches in diameter, but there is no alloy option.

True to its purpose as a budget vehicle for markets with underdeveloped road infrastructure, S-Presso has ample ground clearance, rated at 180mm, which enables it to roll through potholes.

The higher-trim version of this S-Presso will feature a 7-inch infotainment screen two airbags, ABS and rear park sensors. S-Presso’s cabin layout has a pseudo-round centre stack, attempting to mimic what Mini has been doing for years. There is no instrumentation binnacle behind the steering wheel, either.

Powering the S-Presso is a naturally-aspirated 1-litre engine, with three cylinders, which is good for 50 kW. Suzuki is positioning the S-Presso as a rival to Renault’s Kwid.

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