The Maruti Suzuki Esteem was rolled out in India in 1994. The Maruti Esteem was not a brand new car launched by India's most trusted brand, Maruti Suzuki, but it was a successor of company's earlier model Maruti 1000 which was launched in 1990. The Maruti Suzuki Esteem is also knwon as an Indian version of Suzuki Cultus, which was first unveiled in 1983 in Tokyo. The Maruti Suzuki Esteem is one of the best and most popular sedan cars manufactured by India’s top selling auto constructor Maruti Suzuki.
For decades, the various series of Maruti cars have experienced their dominance over other competitors. Even in this brutal competitive market where several global players like Hyundai, Toyota, Ford, etc. have introduced several new models, the Maruti Suzuki Esteem is one of the finest mid-size cars which has maintained its superiority. Maruti Suzuki Esteem was awarded as Best Entry Level Mid-Size car in 2006. One of the main reasons of its success was its design and performance; the design was built to suit Indian road conditions and the performance of the Esteem is better than any other automobile in its category.
After ruling the Indian roads flourishingly for 13 years, Maruti stopped the production of Esteem in November 2007. The car was replaced by the new car ‘Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire’. The Esteem's design variations include Maruti Esteem LX, Maruti Esteem LXi and Maruti Suzuki Esteem VXi.
The price range of the Esteem was between INR 4.5 - 5 lakhs.
Engine & Specifications of Maruti Esteem
Maruti Suzuki Esteem came with a 4-inline cylinder, 16 valve petrol engine that has a displacement of about 1298cc. The engine of the Esteem is capable of delivering a power of about 85 bhp at 6000 rpm and generates a topnotch torque of 110 Nm at 4500 rpm. The fuel tank capacity of the Maruti Esteem car is 40litres and it has 5 forward and a single reverse gear.
The Esteem delivers an impressive mileage of 15.9 kmpl on the highways and 10.2 kmpl in the city.
Exteriors of the Maruti Esteem
The exteriors of the Maruti Suzuki Esteem look sporty from outside with fresh look and smooth lining and a sophisticated body structure. In the front is the sleek grille that holds the emblem of the company gracefully. Other features include body color bumper and impressive headlamps. The color options include Superior White, Metallic Silky Silver, Metallic Fawn Mist, Metallic Pearl Silver, Metallic Icy Blue, Metallic Midnight Black and Maroon.
Interiors of the Maruti Esteem
The interior of the Maruti Suzuki Esteem is comfortable and spacious too. The vehicle can comfortably seat 4 passengers. Features of the car’s interior include fabric upholstery, center console box, molded carpet, remote operated petrol lid, etc. Furthermore, the Esteem is loaded with good features, like sliding and reclining seats at the front, boot light, air conditioner, heater, remote operated trunk lid and fuel tank lid, power window etc. It has got every possible feature that can be incorporated in such a price.
The safety features of Maruti Suzuki Esteem include steel side-impact beams, child proof locks, collapsible steering column etc.