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In 1994 an upgraded version of this car, with a more powerful 1.3-liter engine, was released with new looks and the new name Maruti Esteem. The first model had a 65 hp (48 kW) carburetted engine but this was replaced by a 85 hp (63 kW) fuel injected 16-valve unit in 1999. This proved to have one of the highest power-to-weight ratios in the under two-liter class, and helped the Esteem reach considerable success in Indian auto racing, where it is still popular in rallying. There was also a limited series of the sportier VXi, with 91 hp (68 kW). The Maruti 1000 remained in production until 2000 and was eventually discontinued due to low sales. As more competitors appeared on the Indian market, the Esteem’s sales began to drop. It subsequently underwent a series of price cuts towards the end of its life, and a facelift in July 2004. The facelift consisted of new lights and bumpers, as well as the addition of a spoiler, and were borrowed from the Chinese “Changan Suzuki Lingyang” (Antelope) version of the Swift sedan.
- LX (base model/manual-steering)
- LXi (power steering, from April 2002)
- VXi (sportier, with 6 more horsepower)
- AX (automatic transmission)
- D (diesel base model, equivalent to LX)
- Di (diesel with power-steering)
The 1.3-liter (74 mm (2.9 in) bore by 75.5 mm (3 in) stroke) 16-valve SOHC engine has a compression ratio of 9.0:1 and makes 85 hp at 6000 rpm and 105 Nm (77.4 ft·lbf) of torque at 3000 rpm. The same engine was later used by the then upgraded Maruti Gypsy King, Maruti Versa and the Maruti Suzuki Swift. The Peugeot-sourced TUD5 1.5-liter (77 mm (3 in) bore by 82 mm (3.2 in) stroke) eight-valve engine had a compression ratio of 23.0:1 and made 57 hp (43 kW) at 5000 rpm and 96 Nm (70.8 ft·lbf) of torque at 2500 rpm. The Esteem received a minor facelift in 2004 and production ended in November 2007, with the car being replaced by the new Suzuki Swift DZire.