Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels
27 Mar 2020
Update: In a recent, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso becomes the second-best entry-level hatchback after the Alto. The hatchback got more than 9,000 sales and beat its competition Renault Kwid!
Maruti Suzuki has as much as 17 vehicles lined up for the 2020 Auto Expo and we can expect the popular S-Presso CNG to join the league too. Maruti S-Presso sales have been quite good ever since the hatchback was launched and with the CNG trim in the pipeline, we can expect its launch in coming few days.
The hatchback will house the same 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, however, the power outputs will be different. In its gasoline form, it churns out 68 bhp at 5,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 90 Nm. There will be a 10% drop for the CNG model. It will make 58 bhp.
What's interesting is that the rpm levels attained at maximum power output remain the same. Also, the kerb weight of the hatchback will be increased due to the inclusion of a CNG cylinder. Transmission option sticks to a 5-speed manual only and it doesn't get an AMT gearbox.
Maruti S-Presso CNG will be available in four trims only - LXi, LXi (O), VXi and VXi (O). Since the CNG will not come with the VXi+ trim, it'll miss out on some features like the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Also, the coloured door handles will be given a miss along with the steering mounted controls which are seen on the higher trim. It is surprising that the S-Presso does not receive the rear power windows in this era when it's the basic necessity.
With the introduction of CNG, the prices of the S-Presso is expected to see a hike of Rs 50,000 for all trims. Currently, the hatchback starts at a price tag of Rs 3.69 lakh for the base trim and goes up to Rs 4.91 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
With the discontinuation of diesel engines among all its portfolio, Maruti might introduce factory-fitted CNG options to its smaller cars. One such popular hatch is the Swift and the alternative fuel will be more effective than the diesel.