Shortly after giving the BS6 Celerio a CNG trim, Maruti Suzuki has now launched BS6-compliant CNG variants of the S-Presso with prices starting from Rs 4.84 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) onwards.
Maruti Suzuki was the first in the country to introduce factory-fitted CNG cars some 10 years ago and now also has the largest portfolio of CNG cars on the road. The company achieved the highest-ever sales of CNG-powered cars in FY 2019-20 selling 1,06,443 units of factory-fitted CNG vehicles across India. The company reports a 15.5% CAGR increase in its CNG sales in the past five years.
The carmaker has also launched the option of CNG powertrain with the S-Presso VXI variant, which gets a price tag of ₹5.07 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. This means that S-Presso CNG is ₹75,000 more expensive than the standard S-Presso LXI and LXI (O). This is a substantial price hike but the economically viable CNG fuel will more than makeup for the premium, especially for those customers who use their car very regularly.
Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso CNG continues to utilise the BS6-compliant 1.0-litre engine found in its petrol sibling. Power figures are rated at 59PS of power in CNG mode and 68PS in petrol-only mode. The CNG variants are limited to a 5-speed manual gearbox with no AMT option. Maruti Suzuki claims an average of 31.2 km/kg for the S-Presso S-SNG.
On the occasion of this launch, Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “With the launch of S-PRESSO BS6 S-CNG, we are strengthening our efforts towards sustainable green mobility. The S-PRESSO S-CNG is designed to deliver optimum performance, safety, engine durability, convenience, and mileage. Moreover, The S-PRESSO has successfully carved a niche for itself and fulfills the need for a dynamic, stylish and youthful mini SUV.”
This launch also helps augment Maruti’s commitment towards Mission Green Million, announced at the 2020 Auto Expo. Maruti Suzuki, with its portfolio of CNG and Hybrid vehicles, has been the preferred choice of customers owing to the affordability and high-fuel efficiency of its green vehicles, he further added.
Features Included & Missed
As the CNG kit is offered in the existing variants of the S-Presso, its equipment list remains as is. Features on offer include a manual AC, keyless entry and others for the top-spec CNG variant. Standard safety features on offer include rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, and driver side airbag. With its current variant options, the S-Presso S-CNG misses out on bits like a touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted audio controls, internally adjustable ORVMs, and body-coloured door handles available in the top-spec VXI+ variant.
Maruti Suzuki S-CNG vehicles are equipped with dual interdependent ECUs (Electronic Control Unit) and an intelligent injection system. Vehicles are specially tuned and calibrated to deliver optimum performance and enhanced drivability across all kinds of terrains. S-CNG vehicles are designed to deliver optimum performance, safety, engine durability, convenience and mileage.
Maruti Suzuki’s S-CNG vehicle range is aligned to and complements the Government of India’s vision of reducing oil import and enhancing the share of natural gas in the energy basket of the country from 6.2% now to 15% by 2030. The Government is working to rapidly increase CNG fuel pumps network in the country and there has been a phenomenal growth in numbers of CNG stations in the recent past. Further, the price stability around CNG makes it an attractive option for consumers.