Yes it's true! Suzuki makes various model variants of the same car with slightly different specifications and features that will suit the driving conditions and standards set by each country. The countries will also look at variants and these may be available at different prices.
Which S-Presso Models are available in South Africa?
|Model||Retail Price||Service Plan||Warranty (Promotional)|
|1.0 GL 5MT||R156900||2 yr / 30 000 km||5 yr / 200 000 km|
|1.0 GL+ 5MT||R161900||2 yr / 30 000 km||5 yr / 200 000 km|
|1.0 GL+ AMT||R175900||2 yr / 30 000 km||5 yr / 200 000 km|
|1.0 S-EDITION 5MT||R170900||2 yr / 30 000 km||5 yr / 200 000 km|
|1.0 S-EDITION AMT||R184900||2 yr / 30 000 km||5 yr / 200 000 km|
Note that the features vary which is why some models come in at a higher price - but all models come with safety staples like rear-parking assist, dual front airbags and pre-tensioner seatbelts. These features as well as the body design are part of the safety requirements for any car Suzuki brings into South Africa as we know safety is a key feature for any driver on our roads.
PRE-TENSIONER & FORCE LIMITER SEATBELTS
Seatbelt pre-tensioners are designed to reduce excessive slack in the seatbelts and help restrain occupants to be in the most suitable body position when the front airbag deploys. Force limiters help protect front occupants from seatbelt inflicted injuries during a crash. Learn more about this safety feature by watching our video.
ABS & EBD
In emergency braking or on slippery surfaces, the anti-lock brake system (ABS) keeps tyres from locking, and enhances the driver’s ability to avoid obstacles through steering.
Furthermore, the electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) optimally distributes front and rear braking force to help reduce stopping distance.
LIGHT, IMPACT-ABSORBING TECT (TOTAL EFFECTIVE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY) BODY
Innovation lies at the heart of the S-Presso. It is built with Suzuki’s new-generation platform — HEARTECT. Light and highly rigid, it lowers fuel consumption and vastly improves the fundamental vehicle performance in terms of running, turning and stopping. Its frame is characterised by smooth and continuous curves, which efficiently disperses impact energy in case of a collision.
The body design of S-Presso centres on Suzuki’s TECT concept, which helps protect the cabin in the event of a collision by efficiently absorbing and dispersing energy. It also widely employs high tensile steel to achieve both lightness and excellent safety performance.
In this video, we take a look at your car’s passive safety systems. Peter Viljoen explains the different types of chassis that are in cars, how designers meet the brief to design a chassis and how it helps to keep a car’s occupants safe and mitigate the effects of a crash.
The S-Presso comes with two front SRS airbags as standard for the safety of both the driver and front-seat passenger in case of a frontal collision.
REAR PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM
The S-Presso is fitted with ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper along with a reverse camera*. This means you can get rid of your parking woes, because it helps detect obstacles while you park the car. Warning sounds keep you aware of the distance to the obstacle while the display from the reverse camera* makes parking a simple task.
*Reverse camera on GL+ and S-Edition only
Safety is one of the biggest talking points when it comes to South African roads, but there seems to be a lot of debate around which safety features really are the most important. On top of that, there are even more diverse opinions on whether it’s worth paying for advanced safety features that do well on tests such as EuroNCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) but may not be relevant to local driving conditions.
The European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP) is widely recognised as the final word on vehicle safety. But before you refuse to test drive a certain car because it doesn’t have a 5-star rating, make sure you understand exactly what that means.