Maruti Suzuki 1000: A legend of the past

Wednesday 06 November 2013, 10:41 AM by

From the esteemed group of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, formerly Maruti Suzuki Udyog, Maruti Suzuki 1000 is an iconic and classic car that has been off late phased out from its production portfolio. This 5-seater sedan was sold in the Indian automobile market from October 1990 to 2000. Maruti Suzuki 1000 was introduced in late 1990 and was a re-badged version of Suzuki Cultus. During those days, Maruti Suzuki 1000 was considered as one of the luxurious and expensive vehicle. Thereby, it matched the taste of elite class, for whom it was a symbol of their status. Though now ruled out, this car was in the wish list of every youngster during that time when it was released. A new chapter started out for the company when Maruti Suzuki M800 struck a chord among middle-class buyers. Later, the company came up with several new models in the Indian automobile market. Presently, this renowned Maruti Suzuki India Limited is the only automobile maker in the market that manufactures 1.5 million cars each year.

Taking price into account, Maruti Suzuki 1000 was beyond the affordability of 99.5% country's population. This mid-size sedan car attracted attention for many people when it was launched in the Indian automobile market. The cost of this car was quoted as Rs. 3.81 lakh. In terms of profit, it was a head turner for the company of Maruti Suzuki India. Interestingly, a computerised lottery procedure was adopted to figure out as to who will own a Maruti Suzuki 1000. This was done because there used to be a huge line up of Maruti Suzuki cars in the Indian auto market.

Talking about its technical specifications, this car was powered by an engine with a capacity of 970 cc, which delivered a power of 46 bhp. Though it was an underpowered car due to its weight measuring in 825 kg, but its brakes are good enough on road.

The interiors of the spacious Maruti Suzuki 1000 reflected Japanese style. It was appreciated for sufficient glove box and trunk storage space inside the cabin. The car was ergonomically designed with ample leg and knee space. The front seats could be reclined, which gave extra comfort to passengers. The grey interiors have moquette seat covers that add to the looks of the car.

One major drawback that drivers encountered while manoeuvring the Maruti Suzuki 1000 is the drop in its pick-up with air conditioning. On the other hand, this sedan was good on fuel consumption and provided a smooth ride on Indian roads. The sturdy Maruti Suzuki 1000 was low on maintenance and high on performance, which thereby, made it reliable for Indian buyers. Its excellent transmission system and slick gear shift allowed drivers to cruise the vehicle easily. However, a noteworthy point is that this 5-seater car could be driven easily at 80 km per hour but beyond that it struggled to pick-up on road. However, its ride quality was decent on Indian roads and was considered an excellent city car.