The long wait is over. After teasing the motoring public of its eventual release, the successor to the aging Alto 800 has arrived in the country. Suzuki Philippines has officially launched the 2020 S-Presso micro "crossover".
Billed by Suzuki as a bold and robust vehicle, the mini S-Presso was designed to offer a taller ride height common for a crossover but is as compact (tiny, really) as a hatchback. First revealed in India late last year, the tiny S-Presso features a rugged-looking front fascia that's comprised of a four-slot grill and a unique pair of squared headlights.
The front and rear bumpers, meanwhile, sit high off the ground which further adds to the S-Presso's more rugged looks. It also comes with short front and rear overhangs for better maneuverability over uneven terrain. C-shaped taillights, 14-inch five-spoke wheel covers, and muscular wheel arches roundup the S-Presso's unique exterior.
Size-wise, Suzuki's smallest vehicle measures 3565mm long, 1520mm wide, and 1565mm tall. It also has a 2380mm wheelbase, a turning radius of 4.5 meters, and a minimum ground clearance of 180mm. With it, Suzuki claims the S-Presso can take on the road less traveled, despite its compact dimensions.
Over to the interior, the S-Presso features a simple, yet funky-looking interior. It has a center-mounted instrument panel that houses a digital speedometer, and multi-info display. Below that sits a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports AM/FM radio, USB, and Bluetooth as such. Other available amenities inside the S-Presso are manual air-conditioning, 12V power socket, and the dash-mounted power window controls.
In terms of luggage space, Suzuki claims the S-Presso can carry 239 liters worth of cargo at the back. In addition, it comes standard with a parcel shelf that doubles as a luggage cover for your personal belongings. And should you need more cargo room, the rear seats can be folded for additional space.
Under the hood, the S-Presso is powered by a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder K10B engine derived from the Celerio. It puts out 67 PS at 5500 rpm, along with 90 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The sole transmission option is a five-speed manual gearbox.
Standard safety features equipped on the 2020 S-Presso are dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and an engine immobilizer.
The 2020 Suzuki S-Presso retails at a budget-friendly PhP 518,000.