Maruti Esteemnews
05 July 2007

Looked at against other cars in the Indian market in the mid-size segment, the Esteem seems a bit ordinary. For one, it definitely needs a new look as it is the replica of the earlier Maruti 1000 introduced in the mid-eighties. The Maruti 1000 was withdrawn as it was an extremely underpowered vehicle, and no one can deny that the Esteem has a great engine under its hood.

The fact remains, though, that the design has been around for close to two decades and a new look could do wonders for the car. This is because the Esteem's main asset is its engine, which leaves no doubt in anyone's mind that the Japanese make the best petrol motors on this planet. The all-aluminium engine with its hollow camshaft, which cuts down rotational inertia, is extremely light and responsive.

The Esteem typifies Suzuki's expertise in using the four-valve-per cylinder, multi-point fuel-injection combination to create a power machine. The mid-size Esteem can reach 100 kmph speed from standstill in just 11.4 seconds - quicker than the Lancer and the Astra.

The power-to-weight ratio of the Esteem is also the most favourable for a mid-size car. The power steering in the variants is quick and direct with a certain degree of feel. This is a boon in tight city driving conditions. The gearbox is slick and shifting a real joy.

The Esteem is available in a large number of variants. New Euro 2 variants of the Esteem LX, VX and AX are the biggest attraction now. As for the diesel variants there is the Esteem Di and the base Esteem D version. Then there is the Esteem Vxi and the Esteem LX Euro 1 version.

The Euro 2 versions are a definite upgrade on the earlier versions as they come with 85 bhp against the earlier weaker 57 bhp variants. Among the two diesel variants, the Di is the top-of-the-line version with power steering, windows, rear defogger and halogen lamps, to name a few features.

The Vxi version and the Euro 2, VX and AX come well equipped with power steering and power everything. But the VXI version is a step ahead as it has a rear defogger, a laminated windshield and a number of extra add-on features such as protective mouldings on the side.


Esteem Vxi and LX Euro 1:

Specifications Esteem VXi Esteem LX EURO-1
  Three Box 4 door Saloon Three Box 4 door Saloon
Antilock brake system n.a. n.a.
Front Booster assisted ventilated 194 mm disc Booster assisted ventilated 194 mm disc
Front track 1365 mm 1365 mm
Ground clearance 170 mm 170 mm
Kerb weight 860 kgs. 860 kgs.
Overall Height 1395 mm 1395 mm
Overall Length 4090 mm 4090 mm
Overall Width 1575 mm 1575 mm
Rear track 1340 mm 1340 mm
Tank capacity 40 litres 40 litres
Wheelbase 2365 mm 2365 mm
Bore & Stroke 74 x 75.5 mm 74 x 75.5 mm
Brake Horse Power 85 bhp @ 6000 rpm 85 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.0:1 9.0:1
Construction Aluminium alloy Aluminium alloy
Displacement 1298 cc 1298 cc
Fuel Petrol Petrol
Ignition Multipoint fuel injection Carburated
Layout 4 cylinder in-line 4 cylinder in-line
Torque 106 Nm @ 3000 rpm 99 Nm @ 4300 rpm
Valve gear 4 valves per cylinder 2 valves per cylinder
City n.a. n.a.
Highway n.a. n.a.
Overall n.a. 10.5 kmpl
Transmission Manual- 5 speed Manual- 5 speed
Type Front wheel drive Front wheel drive
Type Rack-and-Pinion, Power assisted Rack-and-Pinion
Front McPherson strut and coil spring McPherson strut and coil spring
Rear McPherson strut and coil spring McPherson strut and coil spring
Tyres 155/80 R13 155/80 R13
Wheel make Pressed steel Pressed steel
Wheel size 4J x 13 4J x 13

On road prices

Esteem Vxi

City Ex-Showroom Registration
& Service Charges
(Individual)
Registration
& Service Charges
(Company)
Comprehensive
Insurance
Total
(Individual)
Total
(Company)
Calcutta
573,883
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
573,883
573,883
Chennai
560,844
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
560,844
560,844
Delhi
557,000
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
557,000
557,000
Mumbai
598,379
30,000
78,400
22,220
650,599
698,999

Esteem LX Euro 1
City Ex-Showroom Registration
& Service Charges
(Individual)
Registration
& Service Charges
(Company)
Comprehensive
Insurance
Total
(Individual)
Total
(Company)
Ahmedabad
462,775
15,026
30,052
N.A.
477,801
492,827
Baroda
470,473
16,350
31,350
11,337
498,160
513,160
Calcutta
461,725
3,955
4,855
15,019
480,699
481,599
Chennai
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
Pune
466,365
22,495
59,805
11,467
500,327
537,637

Esteem AX, VX, LX Euro 2:

Comprehensive technical specifications

Specifications Esteem LX EURO-2 Esteem AX EURO-2 Esteem VX EURO-2
Body
  Three Box 4 door Saloon Three Box 4 door Saloon Three Box 4 door Saloon
Brakes
Antilock n.a. n.a. n.a.
Front Booster assisted ventilated 194 mm disc Booster assisted ventilated 194 mm disc Booster assisted ventilated 194 mm disc
Rear Booster assisted 194 mm Drum Booster assisted 194 mm Drum Booster assisted 194 mm Drum
Dimensions
Front track 1365 mm 1365 mm 1365 mm
Ground clearance 170 mm 160 mm 170 mm
Kerb weight 860 kgs. 890 kgs. 860 kgs.
Overall Height 1395 mm 1395 mm 1395 mm
Overall Length 4090 mm 4090 mm 4090 mm
Overall Width 1575 mm 1575 mm 1575 mm
Rear track 1340 mm 1340 mm 1340 mm
Tank capacity 40 litres 40 litres 40 litres
Wheelbase 2365 mm 2365 mm 2365 mm
Engine
Bore & Stroke 74 x 75.5 mm 74 x 75.5 mm 74 x 75.5 mm
Brake Horse Power 85 bhp @ 6000 rpm 85 bhp @ 6000 rpm 85 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.0:1 9.0:1 9.0:1
Construction Alluminium alloy Alluminium alloy Alluminium alloy
Displacement 1298 cc 1298 cc 1298 cc
Fuel Petrol Petrol Petrol
Ignition Multipoint fuel injection Multipoint fuel injection Multipoint fuel injection
Layout 4 cylinder in-line 4 cylinder in-line 4 cylinder in-line
Torque 106 Nm @ 3000 rpm 106 Nm @ 3000 rpm 106 Nm @ 3000 rpm
Valve gear 4 valves per cylinder 4 valves per cylinder 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel consumption
Overall 12 kmpl 9 kmpl 12 kmpl
Power train
Transmission Manual- 5 speed Automatic 3 speed Manual- 5 speed
Type Front wheel drive Front wheel drive Front wheel drive
Steering
Type Rack-and-Pinion Rack-and-Pinion Power assisted Rack-and-Pinion Power assisted
Suspension
Front McPherson strut and coil spring McPherson strut and coil spring McPherson strut and coil spring
Rear McPherson strut and coil spring McPherson strut and coil spring McPherson strut and coil spring
Wheels & Tyres
Tyres 155/80 R13 155/80 R13 155/80 R13
Wheel make Pressed steel Pressed steel Pressed steel
Wheel size 4J x 13 4J x 13 4J x 13

Esteem LX
City Ex-Showroom Registration
& Service Charges
(Individual)
Registration
& Service Charges
(Company)
Insurance Total
(Individual)
Total
(Company)
Ahmedabad
503,466
16,394
32,788
N.A.
519,860
536,254
Baroda
513,879
17,700
34,100
12,263
543,842
560,242
Calcutta
501,201
3,955
4,855
16,242
521,398
522,298
Chennai
494,962
13,850
24,850
11,796
520,608
531,608
Delhi
490,915
4,465
4,465
16,054
511,434
511,434
Hyderabad
514,530
36,020
36,020
12,239
562,789
562,789
Mumbai
515,913
26,700
68,500
19,380
561,993
603,793
Pune
510,531
24,261
65,103
12,462
547,254
588,096

Esteem VX
City Ex-Showroom Registration
& Service Charges
(Individual)
Registration
& Service Charges
(Company)
Insurance Total
(Individual)
Total
(Company)
Bangalore
552,797
44,133
44,133
13,102
610,032
610,032
Calcutta
549,708
4,095
4,995
17,744
571,547
572,447
Chennai
543,874
18,600
35,200
12,901
575,375
591,975
Delhi
539,379
4,465
4,465
17,556
561,400
561,400
Hyderabad
563,572
39,460
39,460
13,346
616,378
616,378
Mumbai
584,302
29,400
76,700
19,700
633,402
680,702
Pune
560,177
26,247
71,061
13,584
600,008
644,822

Esteem AX
City Ex-Showroom Registration
& Service Charges
(Individual)
Registration
& Service Charges
(Company)
Insurance Total
(Individual)
Total
(Company)
Ahmedabad 623,630 20,540 41,080 N.A. 644,170 644,170
Baroda 634,027 21,850 42,400 14,972 670,849 691,399
Calcutta 621,072 4,095 4,995 19,955 645,122 646,022
Chennai 628,530 18,600 35,200 14,812 661,942 678,542
Delhi 610,656 4,465 4,465 19,763 634,884 634,884
Hyderabad 630,248 44,120 44,120 14,851 689,219 689,219
Mumbai 669,870 32,900 87,000 24,680 727,450 781,550
Pune 627,674 28,947 79,161 15,108 671,729 721,943

Diesel variants:

Technical specifications

Specifications Esteem D Esteem Di
Body Three Box 4 door Saloon Three Box 4 door Saloon
Antilock brake system n.a. n.a.
Front Booster assisted ventilated 194 mm disc Booster assisted ventilated 194 mm disc
Rear Booster assisted 194 mm Drum Booster assisted 194 mm Drum
Front track 1365 mm 1365 mm
Ground clearance 170 mm 170 mm
Kerb weight 930 kgs. 930 kgs.
Overall Height 1395 mm 1395 mm
Overall Length 4090 mm 4090 mm
Overall Width 1575 mm 1575 mm
Rear track 1340 mm 1340 mm
Tank capacity 40 litres 40 litres
Wheelbase 2365 mm 2365 mm
Bore & Stroke n.a. n.a.
Brake Horse Power 57 bhp @ 5000 rpm 57 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Compression ratio n.a. n.a.
Construction Alluminium alloy Alluminium alloy
Displacement 1527 cc 1527 cc
Fuel Diesel Diesel
Ignition Mech. Pump Indirect Injection Mech. Pump Indirect Injection
Layout 4 cylinder in-line 4 cylinder in-line
Torque 96 Nm @ 2500 rpm 96 Nm @ 2500 rpm
Valve gear 4 valves per cylinder 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission Manual- 5 speed Manual- 5 speed
Type Front wheel drive Front wheel drive
Type Rack-and-Pinion Rack-and-Pinion, Power assisted
Front McPherson strut and coil spring McPherson strut and coil spring
Rear McPherson strut and coil spring McPherson strut and coil spring
Tyres 155/80 R13 155/80 R13
Wheel make Pressed steel Pressed steel
Wheel size 4J x 13 4J x 13

Esteem Di
City Ex-Showroom Registration
& Service Charges
(Individual)
Registration
& Service Charges
(Company)
Comprehensive
Insurance
Total
(Individual)
Total
(Company)
Chennai
571,649
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
571,649
571,649
Cochin
568,749
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
568,749
568,749
Coimbatore
571,808
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
571,808
571,808
Hyderabad
567,447
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
567,447
567,447
Visakhapatnam
569,553
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
569,553
569,553

Esteem D
City Ex-Showroom Registration
& Service Charges
(Individual)
Registration
& Service Charges
(Company)
Comprehensive
Insurance
Total
(Individual)
Total
(Company)
Chennai
543,860
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
543,860
543,860
Cochin
541,315
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
541,315
541,315
Coimbatore
544,020
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
544,020
544,020
Hyderabad
540,097
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
540,097
540,097
Visakhapatnam
542,203
N.A.
N.A.
N.A.
542,203
542,203


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