The second generation Suzuki Cultus was launched in 1988. Three years later, the model was updated. However, the Cultus Esteem sedan received fewer changes than the hatchback, and all of them are mostly concentrated inside. In addition to the updated interior, the car has got new engines. In particular, the power unit G13 (1.3 l) now produces a maximum of 82 hp. instead of the previous 73s, and instead of the 1.6-liter engine, a new 1.5-liter G15 with slightly lower performance (91 liters. with. instead of the previous 100). As before, with a more powerful motor, all-wheel drive is possible.
The new front panel design demonstrates the final rejection of angular shapes, although in general the interior of the Suzuki Cultus Esteem model is devoid of originality, which is typical for most Japanese models of the 90s. Instead of the previous set of configurations, a numerical designation of the engine volume is now used. At the same time, the equipment of the sedan has improved. Younger versions with an engine 1.3 will offer a power steering and an adjustable steering column, air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, a central lock, folding rear seats, a cassette recorder with 4 speakers. In options - a rear spoiler, molding. The more expensive version with the 1.5 engine nominally includes fog lights, seat height adjustment and more. Since December 1991, the sedan was sold only in 1.5-liter versions.
Sedan Cultus Esteem release 1991-1995 was equipped with two types of engines. The base until 1992 - the G13, a 4-cylinder 1.3-liter SOHC - delivered a maximum of 82 hp. A more powerful option - the 1.5-liter SOHC 16V G15 series - had a capacity of 91 hp. Cultus Esteem mainly had a front-wheel drive, but with a 1.5-liter engine, a modification with permanent all-wheel drive was also offered. Transmission - 5-speed manual or 3-band automatic. Depending on the engine and transmission, Suzuki Cultus Esteem consumed between 5.9 and 7.6 liters of gasoline per 100 km.
Unusual for its class, the Suzuki Cultus Esteem undercarriage includes a fully independent all-wheel suspension (post-lever type), which gives the car excellent driving characteristics. Power steering, and the braking system included disk mechanisms on the front axle and drum mechanisms on the rear. The dimensions of the Cultus Esteem sedan (1991-1995) are quite compact for a three-volume: length 4095 mm, width 1590 mm, height 1380 mm. The wheelbase is 2265 mm, the turning radius is relatively small - 4.8 m. Interior dimensions: 1765 x 1295 x 1140 mm. Advertising catalogs indicated that two large suitcases freely entered the trunk of the sedan, and the separately folding rear seats made it easy to increase the volume for luggage and carry long items. The second-generation Suzuki Cultus Esteem sedan is equipped with three-point seat belts (the front ones are height-adjustable, a waist belt was used for the rear central passenger), “child” locks in the rear doors, the body has programmed deformation zones and is equipped with built-in side impact protection. Later models offered an optional driver airbag, ABS. In the Suzuki series, the Cultus was a global strategic model. And was focused on a wide range of consumers. Its compactness and economy, unpretentious, but thoughtful interior created all conditions for simple operation. Cons - cramped interior, weak stove, possible difficulties with spare parts.
The basis for this model was the second-generation Cultus, released in 1988. It is interesting that the basic model was developed by Suzuki designers by order of the American company General Motors, which suddenly needed a small car such as a hatchback, and when the Cultus convertible convertible from this hatchback appeared on sale, it was just as compact, had a two-seater saloon, and, most most importantly, almost lost his American style. There were no triangular side vents on it; it was a real, completely open car of the “convertible” type. Such cars at every step can be found somewhere in the Hawaiian Islands, you know, from those that are rented by visiting tourists. It was equipped with a convertible one 1.3-liter engine, but was supplied in versions with a manual gearbox or CVT.
Sales of the model in the domestic market of Japan began in February 1992. Cultus Convertible side panels were rigid, 3-section, stacked on top of a folded roof. The soft roof was removed and pulled by hand, but this operation was not particularly difficult. For the most affordable price, the manufacturer did not offer a particular variety of configurations - it was, in fact, one. Even the body color of the car provided only two options: metallic blue and red. The standard equipment included 14-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lights, power mirrors and power windows, an adjustable steering column, and a radio with 4 speakers. As an option, side panels were offered with a special design, which could be folded separately from each other, a steering wheel from the Momo company and a rear spoiler.
The car was equipped with a 16-valve 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine with one camshaft. The engine of the G13 series with a return of 82 horsepower is exactly the same as the hatchback was equipped with. It was supplemented by a 5-speed manual gearbox or automatic transmission, which was the first variator from Suzuki, including a wet multi-plate clutch and a silent BorgWarner chain. The car consumed about 5.4-6.1 liters of gasoline per 100 km.
Unusual for its class, the chassis of the Suzuki Cultus Convertible includes a fully independent suspension of all wheels (post-link type), which gives the car excellent driving characteristics. Power steering, and the braking system included disk mechanisms on the front axle and drum mechanisms on the rear. The dimensions of the Cultus cabriolet are quite compact: length 3745 mm, width 1590 mm, height 1340. Wheelbase 2265 mm, turning circle relatively small - 4.6 m. Interior dimensions: 990 x 1300 x 1115 mm. Two golf bags could be packed in the trunk of the car; access to the trunk from the passenger compartment was also provided for loading elongated items. All this made the car quite practical even in terms of everyday driving.
The Suzuki Cultus Convertible is equipped with three-point seat belts, the open body is reinforced with additional structural elements, has programmed deformation zones and is equipped with built-in side impact protection.
Due to its low cost, compactness, economy, this car caused considerable interest and was aimed at a wide range of consumers. Convertible Suzuki Cultus has become a real hit, especially in North America (known as Geo Metro and Chevrolet Sprint). Total sales amounted to more than a million units.