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August 13, 2010: The people's passenger car company of the country, Maruti Suzuki India has unveiled the much-awaited alternative fuel operated Maruti Zen Estilo in New Delhi today. The new car is fitted with company's flagship CNG kit that is loaded with Intelligent-Gas Port Injection (i-GPI) bio-fuel technology; it ensures lesser emissions, higher power and mileage. The new CNG kit has been developed keeping general concerns like safety, reliability and performance, in mind. The new version of Maruti Zen Estilo CNG comes with a price tag of Rs 4.05 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Maruti Suzuki India is one of the largest car maker in the country. The wide spread portfolio of Maruti Suzuki here has impressed one and all. The car maker is known for manufacturing fuel efficient and cost-friendly cars. Its huge portfolio comprises of some of India’s most loved cars, including Maruti 800, Maruti Alto, Maruti Swift hatchback, Maruti Swift Dzire, Maruti SX4 sedan, Maruti Wagon R and more. And one of amongst these is Maruti Zen Estilo. Estilo in Spanish means ‘Style’ and the car is a perfect combination of simplicity and sophistication. The car has been developed and designed keeping in mind the Indian consumers. In India, consumers wish to have a compact car that makes it easy for them to glide through traffic and also deliver great fuel efficiency. As compared to the original Zen, the Maruti Zen Estilo is much roomier and more spacious and comes with sleek and chic interiors. The car has more legroom and headroom and makes sure that all occupants have a comfortable ride all through the journey. Under the bonnet, the smart and fuel efficient 1061 cc petrol engine is present. This one is power and has the capacity to churn out maximum power output of 67bhp along with 84Nm of torque. The 5-speed manual transmission coupled with the engine make the car mileage figures impressive and pocket friendly. This one is capable of delivering mileage of 14.2 to 18.5 kmpl. If you wish to save bit money on petrol, the car is available in CNG options as well. The CNG kits are safe, reliable and responsive for those who have a long run-up. With the decent engine, this hatchback has been combined with ventilated disc brakes and drum brakes, which makes sure that the car stops as and when required. the sophisticated suspension system here is impressive and makes the car handling inspiring and ideal for the driver.
Moving on from the technical specifications, Maruti Zen Estilo has been blessed with smart and very alluring exteriors, which make it, look ideal and very subtle. The smart front profile features teardrop styled headlamps, along with aggressive bumper and chrome finished grille. The front lower portion has been given a 3D like appearance, but not very tidy. The wide windscreen with smooth nose further makes the front profile better and decent. The side profile comes with body coloured ORVMs and body colored door handles. The wheel arches are pronounced quite well. The rear end as well has been given a smart treatment. The chic tail lights along with neat and tidy boot lid make the car rear appealing. The car comes with rear fog lamps, rear window wiper, back door defogger, and sleek antenna.
From sophisticated exteriors, Maruti Zen Estilo hatchback has been blessed with very impressive interiors. On the inside, Maruti Suzuki has designed the car with sheer sophistication and elegant. The dual-tone interiors coupled with numerous comfortable and soothing equipments make Maruti Zen Estilo smart and worth the money spent on it. Keeping the comfort of the passengers in mind, the car comes with air conditioning system with heater, power steering wheel, power windows, cup holders, central locking system, remote fuel lid and boot opener and more. The upholstery for the seats is of high quality, maintaining the reputation and brand that Maruti is known for. Apart from this, the safety department of the car isn’t bad at all. The top end variant here comes with anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution system and airbag for the driver to make drive safe and sound. Furthermore, the presence of seat belts, anti-theft alarm system, side impact beam and steering lock make this hatchback decent in the safety section.
Maruti Zen Estilo is an ideal combination of class and sturdiness. The new styling, smooth curves and aerodynamics silhouettes make this one perfect for a small family. The exteriors of the car amalgamates stunning frontage, which accompanies sleek and chic lines. The designing has been carried out keeping in mind the latest trends of the market. The Maruti Zen Estilo comes with fresh and nice bumpers, big headlamps, better-looking front grille and aptly positioned fog lamps. Starting with the front profile, this hatchback comes with big head lamp cluster, which has a very aggressive and dynamic design. The chrome finished front grille has ‘Suzuki’ logo positioned right in the centre. The smooth bonnet and sporty bumper provide the car the much needed sporty appearance. The rear end of Zen Estilo comes with chic and well-designed tail lights. The wide rear windscreen provides a clear view to the driver and the rear defogger helps out during the misty weather. The rear wiper is also present. To amplify the overall exteriors here, the side profile of the car should be given some credit. The car comes with body coloured door handles, body coloured ORVMs (electronically controlled) and strong wheel arches with wheel caps.
The Maruti Zen Estilo is a compact hatchback that can accommodate five people inside, including the driver. The overall height, length and width of the small car is 1595mm, 3600mm and 1475mm respectively for LX and LXI but the height of VXI variant is 1495mm. The vehicle has a wheelbase of 2360mm along with a ground clearance of 165mm. The front and rear trend are of 1295mm and 1290mm respectively.
Maruti Zen Estilo comes with subtle and simplified interiors. the car maker has put in ore effort to make the interiors better and interesting as compared to other hatchbacks. The dual-tone interiors in chocolate brown and beige colour provide a very elegant and rich feel. the front cabin comprise of centre console is altered a bit and added with a bit silver finish around the audio system and the air conditioning vents. The effortless driving here is possible with the power steering wheel positioned according to the comfort of the driver. The steering wheel features three spokes and a bold Suzuki Logo fixed in the centre. The instrumental cluster in Maruti Zen Estilo features three-pod design along with centrally located speedometer and on the left the tachometer is present. The silver accents make the interiors much more elegance. Furthermore, the car also comes with cup holders for the front and rear along with light off reminder and key reminder sound, which is a standard feature in the hatchback. Also, this hatchback features some common features like ashtray, accessory socket, and digital fuel level indicator display and outside temperature display. To go in sync with the interiors, the car maker has synchronized the colour scheme of the seats as well. The seat fabrics provide you a very subtle feel. The LX and LXI variants of Estilo have standard seat upholstery, while the VXI has a bit luxurious fabric.
Talking about the comfort of Maruti Zen Estilo, the hatchback has been designed keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of the driver as well as the occupants. The power windows and power windows are flawless in function and make sure that the driving is done hassle free. The efficient air cooling system here is relaxing and cools down the cabin in just few minutes and keeps you cool and relaxed even in hot summer days. The remote keyless entry system has been incorporated in the car along with remote fuel lid and boot opener and central locking system. The sun visor is present with ticket holder and vanity mirror for the driver and front co-passenger. These little things obviously help you to make your journey in Maruti Zen Estilo comfortable and utterly relaxing. The seats here are also the major reasons why Maruti Zen Estilo provides such comfort to the occupants. The designers have made the front seats adjustable, while the rear ones have been provided with head rests and head restrainers. The fabric is of high quality and floor carpets add a bit of luxury to the hatchback. To make your long trips in the car better and amplified, huge amount of luggage space is provided to stuff up with many luggage and suitcases. The options of folding the rear seats make the luggage storage much improved. For miscellaneous things, rear parcel tray is present.
The Maruti Zen Estilo hatchback has been known for its fuel efficiency and superior performance delivery. All thanks to its KB series engine. The car has been launched with 1.0-litre, 998cc petrol engine, which is capable of churning out 67bhp and 84Nm of torque. This engine here has been coupled with 5-speed manual transmission that makes sure that the driver gets a perfect and flawless driving experience on road. This together makes the pickup and acceleration of the car decent and agile. Maruti Zen Estilo consumes about 26.62 seconds to go from 0 to 100 kmph speed mark. To make this department much better, it has a top speed of 160 kmph. the time taken to reach the 100 kmph speed mark might seem a bit high, but the minimal noise, harshness and vibrations makes this timing excused from here.
The Maruti Zen Estilo is available with a stylish look and powertrain to magnetise the compact car lovers in India. The car is gifted with the new KB series mill that was used in Maruti A-Star initially. The company developed the new KB series engine to upgrade all its models to meet the new BS IV emission norms that came into force since 1 April, 2010. The new mill of Maruti Zen Estilo not only promises increased fuel economy but also enhances the engine output. The 1.0-litre, 998cc, 3-cylinder, DOHC type engine generates a high power of 67bhp at the rate of 6200 rpm and pumps out a top torque value of 90 Nm at the rate of 3,500 rpm which is far better than the previous engine. The engine of the Maruti Zen Estilo has been coupled with a new cable type gear shift technology that ensures precise, smooth and hassle-free gear shifting. The five speed manual transmission smartly uses the engine power to deliver uninterrupted performance. The CNG variant of the car comes assembled with a new CNG kit that generates good amount of engine output along with greater fuel economy.
For every car, it is extremely important to deliver such mileage figures, which not only keep the monthly budget under control, but also increase the life of the engine. Maruti Suzuki India is known for producing highly fuel-efficient cars and keeping its image in mind, the car maker has blessed Maruti Zen Estilo with 1.0-litre petrol engine, which is strong enough to churn out maximum power of 67bhp along with 84Nm of peak torque. The 5-speed manual transmission coupled with the engine makes sure that the car delivers superior mileage and fuel economy. On the city roads, this hatchback is successful in giving out 14.2 kmpl of mileage, while on the highways; this figure goes up to 18.5 kmpl.
Under the bonnet of Maruti Zen Estilo you would find a 998cc of 3-cylinder KB series petrol engine. This one is capable of giving out maximum power output of 67bhp at the rate of 6200 rpm along with 84Nm of peak torque at the rate of 3500 rpm. The cable type gear shift mechanism with DETENT PIN TECHNOLOGY (DPT) gives precise and smooth gear shifting experience supported by 5 speed manual transmission. The latest KB series engine is designed to meet the latest BS IV emission norms and deliver greater fuel economy, higher power and acceleration.
Maruti Zen Estilo is one of the most ideal hatchbacks, which is not only cost-friendly for an inspiring car buyer, but also fitted with all the stuff, which makes the car a relaxing drive. This car has been customized with speaker provision that means you can get the audio system fit in the car, as per your need and given configuration. In addition to this Maruti Zen Estilo is gifted with A/C that keeps the inside temperature cool despite the blazing heat outside. The air conditioning vents are placed at both sides of the dashboard in round shape with chrome finish rings. The car comes fitted with an ashtray, accessory socket, sun visor, floor carpet, cup holders, vanity mirror and more. all these things together turn Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo into an inspiring and comfortable hatchback.
The hatchback from Maruti Suzuki called Maruti Zen Estilo gives a tough competition to cars like Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Beat etc. This one hosts a modern braking system. It has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes for instant halting of the vehicle. This is further enhanced with Anti-lock braking system, which makes sure that the car doesn’t skid on the roads when immediate brakes are applied. This has made Zen Estilo amongst the hatchbacks that are not only compact but also keeps the power to keep the occupants safe through its technicalities. To enhance the handling of the car, this compact hatchback car comes featured with front McPherson strut with Torsion type roll control device type forks and rear shock absorbers that are gas filled with three link rigid and isolated trailing arm. The suspension system offers ultra stability to the car. The efficient braking and suspension system of the Maruti Zen Estilo promises great level of handling as well as comfort and safety.
As explained above, the Maruti Zen Estilo comes with superior suspension system, which makes the handling of the car impressive. The power steering wheel acts as the icing on the cake in terms of handling. On the safety front, this time,Maruti Zen Estilo has given its customers the most-demanded safety features such as ABS and driver side SRS Airbag. However both the higher end safety features are optional for the top-end model. Apart from these, the Maruti Zen Estilo comes equipped with side door beams, high mounted stop lamp, child lock at rear door, 2 speed intermittent front wiper, back door defogger, front and rear fog lamps, rear window wiper and washer, iCATS, steering lock and security system. The seat belts are present for all the passengers ensuring that all the occupants are safe and sound when travelling on road. On the other hand, the factory fitted CNG kit in Maruti Zen Estilo is claimed to be more safe, reactive and trustworthy in comparison to retro fitted kits. The CNG system's safety is reinforced by using high quality components comprising of CNG system leak-proofing, integrated wiring harness and toughened suspension.
The compact and smart Maruti Zen Estilo comes loaded with 13 inch wheels with full wheel cap. The tubeless tyres ensure uninterrupted journey. The tyre size for the car is 145/70 R13 in LX and LXI variant while it is 155/65 R 13 in the VXI variant. The wheelbase of the car is pretty good, that is, 2360mm. these make sure that the ride in this hatchback is smooth and downy even on the uneven and rough Indian terrains.
Superior air conditioning, more roomy than the original (older) version of Maruti Zen, more boot space, ideal for Indian roads, low maintenance, charming interiors.
Less powerful engine, less features as compared to other cars in the same segment, fuel economy and mileage are only average.
In a bid to save its threatened market share in the Indian market, auto giant Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is all set to launch not one or two but as many as five of its portfolio models in CNG version in the second week of August . The company will launch all of these variants simultaneously in a single day. The cars which will be launched in the CNG versions in the Indian market include some of the most popular Maruti cars in India such as, best-selling Maruti Alto, recently launched new Maruti Wagon R, compact hatch Maruti Zen Estilo, multi-purpose vehicle Eeco and entry level sedan Maruti SX4.
The Maruti Zen Estilo model is quite similar to the old Suzuki MR Wagon. The MR Wagon was discontinued in 2006 internationally. It is worth mentioning here that Maruti Suzuki actually launched this car in India when it was discontinued internationally.
Maruti India is planning to install its latest KB Series engines in all entry level and A segment cars. This KB series engine was launched last year and it follows the latest emission norms. Mr. R C Bhargava, Maruti India's Chairman said that the plan will be executed in a phased manner for entry level cars. It may take a period of next 3-5 years. At present, the company is installing KB series engine in only latest models like Maruti Ritz, Maruti A-Star and Maruti Zen Estilo.