5 unusual Maruti cars forgotten easily.

1.Baleno Altura

The Baleno Altura.
The Baleno Altura.

The estate version of the Baleno sedan which was power by the same 1.6 litre petrol engine. This was that time when Tata had also come out with its Indigo Marina. Soon the manufacturers realised a very low demand for Estate cars in India leading to termination of these models and the segment.

2. Zen classic.

Zen Classic.
Zen Classic.

The Zen Classic was a version with retro sprinkled over it . It featured the same shape as the regular Zen but had a different three piece grille and round headlamps. The bumper was also a steel bar. It was not received nearly as well as the original Zen.

3. Versa

The Bachchan duo with the Versa.
The Bachchan duo with the Versa.

The step up MUV from Maruti after its success with the Omni. Targeting customers wanting more seating capacity with a better feel and more features. Popularly advertised by Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan eventually flopped because of its pricing.

4. Grand Vitara

The first version of the Grand Vitara-2003
The first version of the Grand Vitara-2003

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Praised for its build quality and standards, this CBU SUV from Maruti that was only offered with a 2.4-litre petrol engine was forgotten soon due to the high price tag and being a primary import the spares would also not be in the range of what maruti is known to offer. However, it is said to be on its way for a comeback with updated looks and performance of course.

5. Kizashi.

Front and rear of the Kizashi.
Front and rear of the Kizashi.

Another victim of the price tag vs brand image. A car worth the buy but the price lead to questions in people’s mind- why so much for a Suzuki ? Soon, this beast of a car had to be archived because of poor sales. This was again a CBU import. The design still impresses many when it passes by on the road.

Some cars were ahead of their time, some were relaunched, some were experiments. Comment down below which other company would you like us to review for similar product releases.