The Suzuki Cultus Crescent is a compact car that was produced by Suzuki in Japan between 1995 and 2002, the output of a South Asian continuing until 2007. The Suzuki Cultus Crescent was sold as such in Japan until May 1998, when Suzuki Cultus for sales discontinuation of the previous Cultus Japanese markets. The Cultus Crescent also marketed as the Suzuki Esteem in North America, and as Suzuki Baleno throughout Australasia, Asia and Europe. In India where it was manufactured by Maruti Suzuki, the Cultus Crescent was sold as the Maruti Baleno. In the Philippines, it was marketed as the Chevrolet Cassia.
Suzuki Cultus Crescent History
The Cultus Crescent was introduced in global market in the first half of 1995 as an effort to Suzuki first part of the compact. As North winning American for the Suzuki Cultus (Swift) sedan, it was built on a bit stretched Cultus platform for improved cabin room, but otherwise sharing most of the internal parts and the smaller model and marketed as distinct.
The Suzuki Cultus Crescent initially available as a hatchback and three-door and four-door sedan, with SOHC 16-valve G-family engine, in 1.3 L and 1.5 L form, with power ranging from 85 to 97 PS (63 to 71 kW). The 1.3 liter was only offered in the hatch while the 1.6 with a 99 PS (73 kW) was injected into the sedan. Finally, the 4WD was offered with the same 1.6 L, basically the same engine found in the Suzuki Escudo, with power raised to 115 PS (85 kW). A similar sports, GT, used 1.840 cc BP engine Mazda’s, with 135 PS (99 kW). It was introduced in the spring of 1996, at the same time that the system was extended with Baleno / Esteem Wagon (Maruti Baleno Kulture in India). This was the first station wagon Suzuki’s (excluding Kei cars), and the same 1.6-liter, also adopted the optional four-wheel drive in the car.
Suzuki Cultus Crescent 1998 Facelift
Suzuki restyled the Cultus Crescent in late 1998. The auto was given a new front-end, with a rounder grille and new lights, and the program was expanded to include the Suzuki engine J18A chain-driven DOHC engine that was placed on the sedan and wagon. In North America, Esteem 1.8-liter wagon completely replaced Esteem 1.6, but most markets Sedan 1.8 became a sports model. In some European markets, the 1.8-liter was established in hatchback and sold as a limited edition Suzuki Baleno GSR. The Suzuki 1.8 had the exact same displacement as the previous Mazda BP engine, but it was a bit heavy PS 121 (89 kW; 119 hp) in European specifications. Europe also gained the diesel version, with a 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) XUD9 engine supplied by Peugeot.
The Suzuki Cultus Crescent was replaced most markets by the Suzuki Aerio / Liana, was launched in 2001 in Japan, the sedan was discontinued in November 2001, while the wagon remained until August 2002. The entire list was pulled from the market in Europe and North American in 2002, a year after the overlapping with the Suzuki Aerio / Suzuki Liana . The Suzuki Cultus Crescent remained available in many developing countries, including Southeast Asia and India, where he was sold until 2007, when production stopped at Maruti factory, and assembly line giving way to Suzuki SX4 Sedan.