The Suzuki S-Presso continues to enjoy good sales in the Philippines. And why not? At its price point, it’s pretty tough to beat. Not to sit on its laurels, Suzuki continues to update its micro mobile and the 2022 model gets a lot of new tech and safety features.
Let’s have a look, shall we?
S-Presso gets more tech and safety after improving its NCAP rating
At first, it came as a shock that the S-Presso got a 0 out of 5 safety rating. It took a bit of time but Suzuki remedied this and upped their overall package. It finally got an improved 3 out of 5 stars in its more recent NCAP and that’s already something to be happy about. But why not make it even better this time?
Not much has changed with its appearance. Heck, it is the same model and shell. It’s what’s inside that really matters, though. The two front airbags were instrumental in getting higher crash test scores. Those along with an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution (ABS + EBD), rear parking sensors, and ESP with hill hold assist make up the core of a total of 11 safety features.
What’s worth taking note of is that these come with the S-Presso with Automated Gear Shift variant. Now, this model comes with the same 1.0-liter engine. It’s capable of putting out 67 PS and 90 Nm of torque. The AGS variant makes use of an “automated manual” gearbox instead of the conventional stick shift. Partnered with yet another new tech feature, the Idle Start/Stop, the S-Presso can cover a manufacturer-declared 25.3 km/L. That’s better than the no less impressive 24.76 km/L of the 5-speed manual variant.
We mentioned in our previous article that the added safety features can be found in the India-made S-Presso. For this list, it’s still the same. We’re pretty sure Suzuki Philippines has been keeping a close eye on this, and the possibility of them getting units from India is pretty high. That and the addition of an “automatic” variant may help increase sales of the S-Presso in the country, especially with all the stop-and-go jams we have every day.
We’re waiting, Suzuki. Please make it happen!