Maruti Suzuki S-Presso CNG Version Spotted Testing

  • Nov 14, 2019

Indo-Japanese automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki recently launched the entry-level S-Presso hatchback. A compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the car has been spotted being tested for the first time. The vehicle was spotted sans any camouflage and was fitted with an emission testing kit connected to the CNG cylinder in the boot and the exhaust pipe. Maruti Suzuki plans to introduce CNG versions of all its entry-level cars and it seems that the S-Presso is likely to get an identical treatment.

The S-Presso is hauled by a K10B 1.0-litre petrol engine which outputs 90Nm peak torque and 69PS maximum power. The 3-cylinder engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox with an automated manual transmission (AMT) available as an option. The CNG model of the car may offer reduced output. The CNG version of the Celerio produces 78Nm peak torque and 60PS peak power. The S-Presso CNG is expected to be fitted with a 10kg CNG tank and return a mileage of 30km/kg. The car’s petrol version has a fuel efficiency of 21.7kmpl for the VXi trim with AMT and 21.4kmpl for the entry-level model. The Alto’s petrol-CNG model, meanwhile, returns a mileage of 32.96km/kg.

Major features of the S-Presso include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, front power windows, and keyless entry. The standard safety equipment comprises rear parking sensors, driver-side airbag, antilock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), front seatbelt reminder, and a speed alert system.

The boot space of the S-Presso CNG trim is expected to shrink from the current 270-litre because of the space to accommodate the cylinder.

The company hasn’t yet revealed when it plans to roll out the S-Presso CNG. The car, according to industry sources, maybe spotted in showrooms by early next year. The S-Presso petrol currently commands an ex-showroom price of ₹3.69 lakh to ₹4.91 lakh. The CNG version’s price is expected to include a premium of about ₹50,000-60,000.

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