Suzuki has once again pushed the limits when it comes to building small SUVs. Apart from the Jimny and the second-generation Ignis, the automaker has revealed an even smaller, high-riding vehicle.
Say hello to the 2020 S-Presso, a tough-looking SUV that is as compact as its hatchback brethren. Built and designed by the company's Indian subsidiary Maruti Suzuki, the automaker claims it exudes a strong and solid road presence, while also appealing to the younger generation with its unique interior design and a wide array of features.
Borrowing inspiration from both old and new designs, the S-Presso features a distinct front fascia that is dominated by a four-slot grill, a huge front bumper, as well as a unique pair of headlights. Meanwhile, the upright A- and C-pillars, along with the short overhangs, give the S-Presso a solid SUV look. Finally, C-shaped tail lights, flared wheel arches, and the 14-inch five-spoke wheel covers round-up the S-Presso's unconventional appearance.
In terms of size, the micro SUV measures 3565mm long, 1520mm wide, and 1549mm tall (1564 on higher-grade models). Wheelbase, on the other hand, comes in at 2380mm.
If the exterior looks tough, the interior of the S-Presso takes on a funkier appearance. Providing contrast against the gray-colored cabin are the eye-catching trim pieces that are painted in the same exterior body color. A touchscreen infotainment display, along with a center-mounted digital instrument cluster gives the S-Presso a 'sports watch-like look' as claimed by Suzuki.
A wide array of cubby holes, storage bins, and door slots mean that there are plenty of spaces for the driver/passengers to put in their personal items. Meanwhile, the fabric seats are finished in black and are accented by orange streaks that highlight the S-Presso's youthful vibe.
Under the hood is a 1.0-liter K10 three-cylinder engine derived from the Celerio. It puts out 67 PS at 5500 rpm along with 90 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. Power is then sent to either a five-speed manual or five-speed automated manual transmission dubbed Auto Gear Shift (AGS).
Standard safety features available in the 2020 S-Presso include: anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, rear parking assist with rear parking sensors, and high-speed warning alert.
While it's still not certain whether Suzuki will offer it outside of India, this would make for a great alternative to the Celerio currently being offered here in the Philippines. The S-Presso is as compact as the hatchback but is taller and roomier than the five-door city car. And with most car buyers nowadays looking for a tall vehicle, the S-Presso may become a hit for those that are looking at a budget-friendly, high-riding vehicle.