The boxy little hatch delivers a knockout performance in first quarter with a 4,277% increase in sales since its 2020 launch
If you think that crossovers below P1million are good value, Suzuki would like to have a word with you.
That’s because their new S-Presso starts at barely half that, at P523,000.
Sure, Suzuki is careful to bill the S-Presso as a car and not as a crossover or SUV, but its tall ride height and body style make it stand out from the usual sedan offerings in this price range.
As you might expect, the S-Presso has a compact footprint, at just 3,565mm length x 1,520mm width. That allows for ease of maneuverability and parking. Its turning radius is just 4.5m. Ground clearance is a tall 180mm, giving it some leeway when it comes to rough patches of road. S-Presso rides on Suzuki’s new Heartect platform, designed to be lighter and more rigid. It uses a MacPherson Strut front, torsion-beam rear chassis. 14-inch steel wheels enclose a front disc-rear drum brake setup.
The cabin features a centrally-mounted circular instrument cluster. The top half includes a digital speedometer. Below is a 7-inch touchscreen panel for the audio controls. You can connect your phone or iPod via Bluetooth or USB cable. The power window switches are also located here. The controls for the manual air-conditioning are grouped with a 12V socket and USB port. The compact dimensions still include a 239-liter luggage space. The cargo area can be expanded by folding the rear bench seat.
The S-Presso is powered by a 1.0-liter inline-3 gasoline engine, good for 67ps and 90Nm of torque. It’s mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Safety features include front SRS airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioner with force limiter, and ABS brakes. The Total Effective Control Technology body is designed to disperse crash energy away from the cabin. Rear parking assist, with bumper-mounted ultrasonic sensors, is standard on the S-presso.
Suzuki Philippines has been on a roll lately, registering strong sales for its lineup of compact cars and crossovers.
Suzuki sold a total of 963 S-Presso units from January to March this year, marking a whopping 4,277 percent increase since its February 2020 launching.
It is already the second best-performing vehicle in Suzuki’s stable, accounting for 21 percent of Suzuki’s total sales for the quarter of 4,695.
The Ertiga remains the brand’s best-seller with 1,106 units sold for the quarter representing 24 percent of total sales with the Dzire sedan coming in third with 833 units sold equivalent to 18 per cent. The Suzuki Carry also is doing well with 813 units sold in Q1 or 17 per cent.
The demand for more affordable, reliable vehicles will play to Suzuki’s strengths as a car manufacturer.