Maruti Zen

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Maruti Suzuki Zen
1993 Maruti Zen 001.jpg
Production 1993–2006
Assembly Manesar, Haryana, India
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact Car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Related SAIPA 141 DLX (sedan, IR)
Suzuki Cervo (JP)
Engine 1.0 L SOHC I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,335 mm (91.9 in)//
Length 3,535 mm (139.2 in)
Width 1,495 mm (58.9 in)
Height 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Successor Maruti Estilo/Zen Estilo

The Maruti Zen was a 5-door hatchback produced and sold in India by Suzuki's Indian subsidiary Maruti Suzuki. It has acquired significant popularity in India since the nameplate was first introduced in 1993. The word "ZEN" is an acronym standing for Zero Engine Noise. It also stands for the Japanese word "Zen" which means 'Complete'..

First generation[edit]

Based on the Suzuki Cervo Mode, the first generation Maruti Zen was introduced in 1993 [MH410]. In Europe and many other export markets, the car sold as the Suzuki Alto. In 1997 the model received body coloured bumpers. In 2000 its cost (of the Zen LX model) was around Rs 3,40,000 in India. The Zen underwent a facelift in 2003. In June 2003, a three-door sports version of the Zen in VXi segment was launched, prices at 3.9 Lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It was only available in silver or black. The production of the Zen range ended in March 2006.

The Zen was also built in a diesel variant which used the Peugeot's TUD5 (PSA TU engine) engine.

The Zen quickly became a hit with the Indian Racing Scene, highly modified versions of the 993 cc G10B engine topping 100+ Bhp.

Technical specifications[edit]

The Maruti Zen has a four-cylinder in-line all aluminium engine mounted transverse and using carburettor/MPFI and unleaded petrol. The valvetrain is 4 valves/cyl, SOHC with a displacement of 993 cc. Max Power is 60.9 PS (45 kW; 60 hp) at 6000 rpm and max torque is 78.48 N·m (57.88 lb·ft) @4500 rpm. It has a 5 speed manual transmission.

Bore x Stroke: 72.0 mm (2.8 in) x 61.0 mm (2.4 in)
Comp Ratio: 9.4(+/- 0.2):1
Max Power: 60.9 PS (45 kW; 60 hp) at 6000 rpm
Bhp/litre: 61.33 bhp/litre
Power/Weight: 79.60 bhp/ton
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Gear Ratio Overall Ratio km/h/1000 rpm
1st 3.416 14.989 6.98
2nd 1.894 8.310 12.60
3rd 1.280 5.616 18.64
4th 0.914 4.010 26.10
5th 0.757 3.231 31.52
Final Drive Ratio: 4.388
Reverse Gear Ratio : 3.272
Rpm@90 km/h in 4th : 3450

Chassis and body
Layout: Front engine, 2WD
Frame: Monocoque
Brakes Front: 182 mm (7.2 in) drum
Rear: 180 mm (7.1 in) drum
Type: Hydraulic, vacuum assisted
Wheels F/R:4Jx13 and 4Jx12”
Tyres: 145/70 13 and R145/80 R12
Steering: Rack and pinion, Hydraulic Power assist
Turning circle dia: 3.9 m (13 ft)
Turns lock to lock: 9.8
Front: Independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs
Rear: 3link rigid axle with isolated trailing arm, coil spring and gas filled shock absorbers

General data
Kerb weight: 765 kg (1,687 lb)
Wheelbase: 2,335 mm (91.9 in)
Track(F/R) 1335/1305 mm
L/W/H: 3465/1495/1405 mm
Ground clearance: 165 mm (6.5 in)
Seating capacity: 5
Head Room, F/R 952/930 mm
Leg room, F max/min 1170/990 mm
Leg room, R max/min 750/610 mm
Knee room, F max/min 750/610 mm
Knee room, R max/min 840/650 mm
Shoulder space 1,270 mm (50.0 in)

Fuel economy
Overall:+ 18 kmpl
City: 12.0 kmpl ( with AC )
Highway: 24.21 kmpl
Worst: 10.9 kmpl
Fuel Tank Capacity: 35 litres
Range: 528.5 km
+ is 75% city driving and 25% highway driving

Minimum Stopping Distance
From 100 km/h 54.33 m/3.73 s
From 80 km/h 28.11 m/2.59 s



Speed(km/h) Time(sec) Meters
0-30 2.03 7.72
0-40 3.10 18.18
0-50 4.58 36.38
0-60 6.12 59.93
0-70 7.72 88.62
0-80 10.11 138.90
0-90 12.63 198.60
0-100 15.58 276.60

Time to Distance
Quarter Mile 19.76 s @ 111.7 km/h (69 mph)
Standing 1 km 37.07 s @ 134.5 km/h
30–70 km/h 5.69 s

km/h 4th 5th
40-50 3.62s 5.02s
50-60 3.52s 5.06s
60-70 3.81s 5.29s
70-80 3.66s 5.43s
80-90 3.84s 5.73s
90-120 3.99s 5.71s
Max Speeds (km/h)
Gear True Speed Speedo
1st 43.8 47
2nd 77.5 82
3rd 116.1 121
4th 147.2 160+
5th 144.4 152

Second generation[edit]

The second generation Maruti Zen, called Zen Estilo was introduced in December 2006[1][2] as a part of Maruti Suzuki's Indian market strategy to launch a new car annually for the next five years. The new Zen has the same engine and chassis as the Maruti Wagon R; both being based on the Suzuki MR Wagon (Nissan Moco).[3] The pricing is also nearly the same as the Wagon R. The Maruti Alto (model prior to Alto K10), Wagon R (till Aug 2010) and the new Zen Estilo all shared the same chassis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Zen Estilo starts at Rs 3.2 lakh". The Economic Times. Times Internet Limited. 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  2. ^ Kapur, Mansi (2007-01-17). "Maruti steps on gas for final showdown". The Times of India. Times Internet Limited. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  3. ^ Muralidhar, S. (2006-12-03). "Zen Estilo: Japanese simplicity, European chic". The Hindu Business Line. The Hindu Group. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ MAT 3 EYE 31 SOO ENGINE G10 BIN