Esteem was one of the first sedans which was introduced in the Indian market and empowered Indian cars market, also considered as the Indian-Benz! Esteem was one of the finest and the best seller for Maruti ever. This car was famous for it’s sleek and aesthetic appeal also was a new upgrade for the people using big beefy cars back then, it was also rare to see the car usually but after the car grossing into movies the car sales went booming and can be found everywhere during those time.Maruti Esteem is the First full-fledged Indian A/C car Which was well known. This car easily has 15-16 years of glorious history before it becoming out of fashion( not to mention, it is one of the most iconic cars which probably. Also had a good fan base for It’s racing capabilities and was also used in various racing events back then. So let’s look into the history of Esteem.
The Maruti 1000 in 1990 came with 970cc naturally aspirated motor producing 46hp of max power. Later with the facelift the car is powered by a four cylinder 1298 cc petrol engine with SOHC. It can produce a maximum power of 85 bhp at 6000 rpm and the maximum torque is 110 Nm at 4500 rpm. The car is controlled using a manual five speed gear box. And has a fuel tank capacity of 40-litres. The average mileage of this car was around 10 km/litre within the city and around 16 km/litre on the highway. The handling of this car was also quite good as the car comes with the McPherson struts and coil springs. It gets a disc brake in the front and a drum brake in the rear.
Esteem was also used in various race in India. Esteem is still very popular when it comes to modifying old cars and is also seen in many rally races. The mods included a whole new powertrain, turbo-charged esteem and esteem specifically for rally racing. Also many Esteem was upgraded crazily from body to engine performance tuning by fitting the Baleno’s 1.8L engine and much more made it a capable car for racing.