Maruti Suzuki, the largest carmaker in India was incorporated back in 1981 on 24 February. Since then the company has never looked back in terms of sales and is still ruling the market. But there are few cars from the manufacturer that faded away with the past. Let’s take a look at 10 such forgotten cars from Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti Suzuki Zen D | The Diesel Variant Of The Cult
Indians were elated with the budget cars from Maruti Suzuki. Maruti 800 and the Zen are proof of this love. This is why the company decided to launch the diesel variant of Zen. It was equipped with a Peugeot sourced 1.5-litre diesel engine which used to deliver 58hp of power and 96Nm of peak torque. But it was not able to gain the traction, company dreamt of.
Maruti Suzuki Versa | The Real MPV
Everyone must have seen Eeco someday or the other. But very few of you may remember the Versa, predecessor to the Eeco. Launched with Amitabh Bachan as the brand ambassador, Maruti wanted to make sure it reached the heart of its customers. But the MPV was not able to gain much popularity and was replaced by Eeco in 2009.
Maruti Suzuki Zen Carbon and Steel | The Limited Edition
The cult of Zen made people go crazy in love with the limited edition company launched in a small number of 300 units. The carbon and steel Zen was a three-door version of the original Zen. You might have come across one of these in a modified version.
Maruti Suzuki A-Star | Cute Yet A Fail
The company is known for launching affordable cars to rival the cars across segments. To rival the famous Hyundai i10, Maruti launched A-Star. But the problem was, it had to rival its own tribe, Swift and the Wagon R. This was the case and the hatchback failed in terms of sales. In 2012, the car was discontinued.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz | A-Star In A New Avatar
As the company discontinued A-Star, there was a pile of unused parts and material Maruti wasn’t ready to discard. So the engineers came up with a better alternative, Ritz. The car came with two engine options: 1.2-litre Petrol and a 1.3-litre Diesel. The car was known for its exceptional ride comfort, powerful performance and tallboy stance. It can still be seen on roads.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Altura | Cause Why Not?
The Baleno is a hit car nowadays, ruling its segment in terms of sales. Back in time, Baleno used to come in a station wagon version. The company tried to tap in the segment which was already popular in the European market. The station wagon was known by the name of Baleno Altura. It was powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine. But the car met the same fate as the other wagons in India.
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Maruti Suzuki 1000 Or Esteem?
It was this car that marked the sedan introduction from the company. It was meant for elite customers. The sedan, when launched in 1990, 1000 came with a price tag of ₹3,81,000 which was towards the higher end at that time. It was powered by a 1.0-litre engine which could manage to produce 46hp of power. Later the car was upgraded with a 1.3-litre engine and was badged with the name tag of Esteem. This is the name many of you might remember.
Maruti Suzuki Omni | The Kidnappers’ Car
Children were afraid of this car as the Omni was known to be favourite among kidnappers. Just Kidding! It was a versatile vehicle known to be used for ambulance or cargo carrier. With a variety of seating options and configurations, Omni was known to make a segment of its own. But the car had major drawbacks when the safety was concerned. As India is heading towards safer roads by the implementation of BNVSAP, the company discontinued Omni.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara | The CBU Failure
The company had no full-size SUV. So the Grand Vitara was launched. But the CBU import added to the price and the price tag was ₹20lakhs. And the customers were not ready to spend this much on a Maruti. Although the powerful 2.4-litre V6 Petrol engine was able to attract a few, the company discontinued the model in 2014. Now the Vitara Brezza name is carried forward by a less powerful sub-4 compact SUV.
Maruti Suzuki 800 | A Legacy of its own
The Indian wanted a budget car and Maruti came to rescue with the very well-known legend 800. The ‘Hall Of Fame’ car was loved by the customers and is the longest selling Maruti car till date. Affordable and Fuel Efficient, 800 never saw any tough competition in the market. It was the emission norms compliance that led to discontinuation of the car from the market. It is still a heartthrob amongst the ones who modify the legacy.
So this was our list of the 10 forgotten Maruti cars in India. Do you own any or did we miss any car? Let us know in the comment section below.6