Learn and talk about Suzuki Cultus Crescent, Compact cars, Front-wheel-drive vehicles, Suzuki vehicles…

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History [ edit ]

1996 Suzuki Esteem sedan (North America)

The Cultus Crescent was introduced in the global market in the first half of 1995 as Suzuki’s first attempt in the compact segment. As a North American replacement for the Suzuki Cultus (Swift) sedan (the three-door hatchback remained after it was redesigned in 1995), it was built on a slightly stretched Cultus platform for improved cabin room, but otherwise sharing most of internal components with the smaller model—and marketed as a distinct model.

The Cultus Crescent was initially available as a three-door hatchback and four-door sedan. with the SOHC 16-valve G-family engine, in 1.3#160;L and 1.5#160;L form, with power ranging from 85#160;to#160;97#160;PS (63#160;to#160;71#160;kW). The 1.3 liter was only offered in the hatch while a 1.6 with 99#160;PS (73#160;kW) was only fitted to the sedan.

Eventually, 4WD was offered with the 1.6#160;L variant, basically the same engine as found in the Suzuki Escudo. with power raised to 115#160;PS (85#160;kW). A sports variant, dubbed GT, used Mazda’s 1,840#160;cc BP engine. with 135#160;PS (99#160;kW). It was introduced in the spring of 1996, at the same time that the lineup was extended with the Baleno/Esteem Wagon (Maruti Baleno Altura in India). [ 1 ] This was Suzuki’s first station wagon (excluding kei cars), also with the same 1.6-liter, which also received the optional four-wheel drive in the wagon.

1998 facelift [ edit ]

Suzuki restyled the Cultus Crescent in late 1998 (1999 model year in North America). The car was given a new frontend, with a rounder grille and new headlights, and the engine lineup was expanded to include Suzuki’s J18A chain-driven DOHC engine that was fitted to the sedan and wagon. In North America, the Esteem 1.8-liter wagon completely replaced the Esteem 1.6, but in most markets the 1.8 sedan became the sports model.

In some European markets, the 1.8-liter was installed in the hatchback and sold as the limited edition Baleno GSR. The Suzuki 1.8 had the same exact displacement as the earlier Mazda BP engine, but was less powerful with only 121#160;PS (89#160;kW; 119#160;hp) in European specifications. [ 2 ] Europe also gained a diesel version, with a 75#160;PS (55#160;kW; 74#160;hp) XUD9 engine supplied by Peugeot .

The Cultus Crescent was replaced in most markets by the new Aerio/Liana. which was launched in 2001. [ 3 ] In Japan, the sedan was discontinued in November 2001, [ 4 ] although the wagon remained until August 2002. [ 5 ] The entire range was pulled from the market in Europe and North American in 2002, after one year of overlapping with the Aerio/Liana. The car remained available in many developing countries, including India and Southeast Asia. where it was sold until 2007, when production stopped at the Maruti factory, with the assembly line giving way to the SX4 Sedan .

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