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Maruti Zen summary

Launched in the year 1993, the Maruti Suzuki Zen was revolutionary in the Indian automotive industry. That car boasted a powerful 4-cylinder 998cc petrol engine that made 70 hp of max power.

In 1997, the facelifted Zen was launched with a new grille and a body-coloured bumper. Later, a diesel engine followed by the Zen Classic was also launched. However, it got discontinued due to decreased demand.

In 2000, Maruti equipped the Zen with a more powerful 60 hp 1.0 litre engine. The major facelift for the Zen came in 2003, but just before that, Maruti also launched the limited edition Zen three-door versions that featured cool 13-inch alloy wheels. Later in 2006, Maruti discontinued the Zen from the Indian market and introduced the new Zen Estilo.

The variants include 1.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (Displacement 998cc, Power 60 hp, Torque 78 Nm) and 1.6 litre 4-cylinder diesel (Displacement 1527cc, Power 58 hp, Torque 78 Nm)

Transmission options include 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic

The year 2006 marked the end of the Zen in India as Martuti Suzuki decided to end its production. The Zen was launched way back in the year 199. It gave buyers access to a more desirable car than the M 800 and a cheaper car than the 1000. The Zen received a facelift in 1997, whereas the generation update came in the year 2000. A mid-life facelift followed in the year 2003.

The Zen Estilo that was based on the Wagon R, succeeded the 5-door Zen hatchback in the year 2006.

Some of the most successful variants of the Zen included the petrol manual and the two-door variants.

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Launched in the year 1993, the Maruti Suzuki Zen was revolutionary in the Indian automotive industry. That car boasted a powerful 4-cylinder 998cc petrol engine that made 70 hp of max power.

In 1997, the facelifted Zen was launched with a new grille and a body-coloured bumper. Later, a diesel engine followed by the Zen Classic was also launched. However, it got discontinued due to decreased demand.

In 2000, Maruti equipped the Zen with a more powerful 60 hp 1.0 litre engine. The major facelift for the Zen came in 2003, but just before that, Maruti also launched the limited edition Zen three-door versions that featured cool 13-inch alloy wheels. Later in 2006, Maruti discontinued the Zen from the Indian market and introduced the new Zen Estilo.

The variants include 1.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (Displacement 998cc, Power 60 hp, Torque 78 Nm) and 1.6 litre 4-cylinder diesel (Displacement 1527cc, Power 58 hp, Torque 78 Nm)

Transmission options include 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic

The year 2006 marked the end of the Zen in India as Martuti Suzuki decided to end its production. The Zen was launched way back in the year 199. It gave buyers access to a more desirable car than the M 800 and a cheaper car than the 1000. The Zen received a facelift in 1997, whereas the generation update came in the year 2000. A mid-life facelift followed in the year 2003.

The Zen Estilo that was based on the Wagon R, succeeded the 5-door Zen hatchback in the year 2006.

Some of the most successful variants of the Zen included the petrol manual and the two-door variants.

Maruti Zen PRO’s & CON’s

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Segment-first features: The features that differentiated the Zen from the other cars at that price point was its power steering, power windows, and air conditioning system.

Powerful Engine: With a max power output of 60 hp and peak torque output of 78 Nm, the 1.0 litre petrol engine on the Zen was a hoot to drive, definitely one of the greatest performing cars of its time.

Value for money: The Maruti Suzuki Zen is a true value-for-money small hatchback designed to cater to middle-class needs. At a starting price of around Rs 3 lakhs for the Zen, there was absolutely nothing like it in the market back then.

Inadequate cabin space: Being a small hatchback, the Zen was terrible in overall cabin space. Space at the back is pretty cramped, and the passengers have to struggle for knee and headroom.

Lacks storage spaces: The Zen ranks relatively low on the overall storage spaces. At the front, you have almost no place to keep your phone or other goodies.

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Maruti Zen EXPERT REVIEWS

The Zen was an iconic hatchback of the yesteryear. It has faced quite a lot of competition during its chequered history and has still come out triumphant, thanks to its cost-efficiency. The Zen was decently styled, had some of the segment’s first features, and came with great engines.

Zen’s major USP over its competitors was its powerful 1.0 litre petrol and 1.6 litre 4-cylinder diesel engines. However, it was the petrol motor that became the ultimate choice for most of the buyers. The Zen was essentially a high-speed vehicle, and it was a huge step forward from the Maruti 800 model. Furthermore, the Zen also attracted buyers with its decently styled exterior and feature-rich interior on a budget.

The Maruti Suzuki Zen introduced features like power windows, power steering, and air conditioning system to buyers at a very affordable price bracket. And not just on the inside, the Zen had some pretty cool features like a body- coloured bumper and ORVMs, and smart alloy wheels on the outside. The 60 hp, 998cc engine on the Zen had an impressive performance as well as fuel efficiency. The Zen retained a mileage of around 17 km/litre.

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The Maruti Suzuki Zen promises a lot of bang for your buck. If you are looking for a highly affordable, value for money, small family hatchback, the Zen is the optimal choice. Maruti's excellent market value and extensive dealership network will ensure a hassle-free ownership experience.

Maruti Zen key specification

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  • Specifications

Body Type Hatchback

Fuel Type Petrol

ARAI Mileage 17.3 kmpl

Seating Capacity 5

TransmissionType Manual

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