Maruti Versanews
05 July 2007

If you are looking out for a station wagon that you can drive to work and also take out your family and friends for a picnic, you can safely reach out for the Maruti Versa, a mini-van with the looks of a car.

The Maruti Versa, unlike the Omni, has a fairly well-defined snout with a three-groove grille. The bonnet, the headlights, the black chin spoiler and the bumper with a huge air-intake capacity give it a sporty look. It is an incredibly light car. Decked in a conventional van layout, the Versa's engine is located under the front seats.

Its bonnet houses the radiator and electric fan as well as the AC condenser and reservoirs for the coolant, washer fluid and brake fluid. The Versa uses disc brakes for the front and also has a pressure-regulating valve.

The side panels are tastefully delineated with snazzy graphics, which extend from the tail lamp to the front door. The car employs the proven and ultra reliable 1298cc four-cylinder SOHC of the Esteem. Maruti engineers have taken special care to reduce noise, vibrations and harshness levels to acceptable limits. They have also made appreciable efforts to improve safety features in the car, and the monocque construction provides a rigid safety cell with side impact bars to protect against frontal impacts. Firm suspension settings ensure comfort and control.

The Versa's interiors have a familiar Maruti ring. The interiors are tastefully done with brushed aluminium look, though a substantial borrowing has been made from the Maruti family parts bin to bring down costs. With a similar dashboard, steering wheel and instrument panel, there is very little difference between a Versa, the Alto or a WagonR. But the new SDX version of the Versa has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and metallic finished dashboard.

The SDX version is a seven-seater, while the base Versa DX and the middle variant DX2 is an eight-seater. One can slide and recline the front row seats to adjust space between the first and middle rows. The SDX and DX2 versions of the Versa are equipped with twin air conditioners - one in front and one at the rear. The rear AC has independent controls and overhead ducts.

The Versa is probably among the safest cars to drive. Safety features include side-impact absorbing beams, front-impact beams and a steel pipe frame in the rear seat. Height adjustable head restraints, brake boosters and a collapsible steering column are the other safety features.

The Versa boasts of a powerful 16-valve, 1298cc engine generating 82 bhp at 6000 rpm, and controlled by a 16-bit engine management system. The car also possesses higher power to weight ratio not present in any other MUV. The Versa can reach 100 kmph from standstill position in just 13.5 seconds.

Specifications Versa DX 2 Versa DX Versa SDX
Body
  Multi utility vehicle Multi utility vehicle Multi utility vehicle
Brakes
Antilock brake system n.a. n.a. n.a.
Front 8 inch ventillated Disc 8 inch ventillated Disc 8 inch ventillated Disc
Rear Drum Drum Drum
Dimensions
Front track 1280 mm 1280 mm 1280 mm
Ground clearance n.a. n.a. n.a.
Kerb weight 985 kgs. 975 kgs. 975 kgs.
Overall Height 1905 mm 1905 mm 1905 mm
Overall Length 3675 mm 3675 mm 3675 mm
Overall Width 1475 mm 1475 mm 1475 mm
Rear track 1290 mm 1290 mm 1290 mm
Tank capacity 40 litres 40 litres 40 litres
Wheelbase 2350 mm 2350 mm 2350 mm
Engine
Bore & Stroke 74 mm X 75.5 mm 74 mm X 75.5 mm 74 mm X 75.5 mm
Brake Horse Power 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.0 +/- 0.2 9.0 +/- 0.2 9.0 +/- 0.2
Construction All aluminium All aluminium All aluminium
Displacement 1298 cc 1298 cc 1298 cc
Fuel Petrol - Unleaded Petrol - Unleaded Petrol - Unleaded
Ignition MPFi MPFi MPFi
Layout 4 cylinder in line, 4 cylinder in line, 4 cylinder in line,
Torque 102 Nm (10.4 kgm) @ 3000 rpm 102 Nm (10.4 kgm) @ 3000 rpm 102 Nm (10.4 kgm) @ 3000 rpm
Valve gear SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Power train
Transmission Manual - 5 speed Manual - 5 speed Manual - 5 speed
Type Rear wheel drive Rear wheel drive Rear wheel drive
Steering
Type Rack & Pinion, Electronic Power assisted Rack & Pinion, Electronic Power assisted Rack & Pinion, Electronic Power assisted
Suspension
Front McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device
Rear Coil spring with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arms. Coil spring with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arms. Coil spring with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arms.
Wheels & Tyres
Tyres 155/80 R 13 LT 155/80 R 13 LT 155/80 R 13 LT
Wheel make Pressed steel Pressed steel Alloy
Wheel size n.a. n.a. n.a.

Versa DX2
City Ex-Showroom Registration & Service Charges (Individual) Registration & Service Charges (Company) Comprehensive Insurance Total (Individual) Total (Company)
Calcutta 555,335 N.A. N.A. N.A. 555,335 555,335
Chennai 562,206 18,600 35,200 13,314 594,120 610,720
Delhi 545,000 N.A. N.A. N.A. 545,000 545,000
Mumbai 585,599 29,500 N.A. 21,780 636,879 607,379
Pune 561,128 26,285 71,175 13,710 601,123 646,013

Versa DX
City Ex-Showroom Registration & Service Charges (Individual) Registration & Service Charges (Company) Comprehensive Insurance Total (Individual) Total (Company)
Calcutta 525,306 N.A. N.A. N.A. 525,306 525,306
Chennai 531,909 18,600 35,200 12,631 563,140 579,740
Delhi 515,000 N.A. N.A. N.A. 515,000 515,000
Mumbai 553,978 28,200 N.A. 20,690 602,868 574,668
Pune 530,729 25,069 67,527 13,023 568,821 611,279

Versa SDX
City Ex-Showroom Registration & Service Charges (Individual) Registration & Service Charges (Company) Comprehensive Insurance Total (Individual) Total (Company)
Calcutta 595,822 N.A. N.A. N.A. 595,822 595,822
Chennai 597,542 18,600 35,200 14,112 630,254 646,854
Delhi 580,000 N.A. N.A. N.A. 580,000 580,000
Mumbai 622,479 31,000 81,300 23,050 676,529 726,829


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