Suzuki's S-Presso is a Shot at Kwid

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

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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