The Maruti Zen was launched in India back in 1993 and was finally replaced by the Estilo in 2006. The original Zen features a jellybean design and a very peppy 996cc G10 four-cylinder engine. Today, the Zen is almost a cult classic and you can still find some well-maintained, and even some tastefully modified examples in various parts of the country. Here are 10 such cars.
Speedsport’s Maruti Zen
Here is a 3-door Maruti Zen from SpeedSport custom. This Zen Carbon 3-door model comes with a yellow and black colour scheme. Even the interior has been spruced up with a new steering wheel, a gear knob and sports pedals. This modified Maruti Zen rides on 13-inch alloy wheels that are shod with 185 section tires. In its stock form, the Zen came with a 1-litre, 4-cylinder MPFI all-aluminium petrol motor that produced 58 Bhp-78 Nm. This car, however, gets a 1.3-litre MPFI petrol unit that produces 100 Bhp and 112 Nm.
Red Rooster Racing modified Maruti Zen Carbon
Here is another modified Maruti Zen Carbon. It has gone under the scalpel of Red Rooster Racing and comes with a black paint job with orange highlights. You also get a pair of auxiliary lamps and multi-spoke alloy wheels. Power comes from the modified version of the stock G10 motor that gets camshafts from the Esteem’s G13 motor. The car also gets a BMC conical free flow filter and free flow exhaust. The rear suspension has been customized to aid handling. The interior also gets a black and orange theme to complement the exterior paint scheme.
Aquarius Blue Maruti Zen Steel
Here is another three-door Maruti Zen that has been modified to look even cooler. This Zen steel gets an Aquarius Blue paint job, which reminds us of the Ford Fiesta 1.6 S. This car’s G10 engine also gets camshafts from the Esteem’s 1.3-litre motor. It also gets iridium spark plugs, a free flow 4-2-1 exhaust and a free flow K&N conical air filter. At the front, it gets two pairs of auxiliary lights. The Zen rides on 15-inch rims that are shod with 195 section tires. Even the interior gets the blue treatment along with a sports steering wheel and sports pedals.
Lap 47’s Maruti Zen Steel 1.6
Here is a modified Maruti Zen Steel that has been done up by Lap 47, which is a custom car shop in Kerala run by Lal Bharathan, a former BMW technician. The man drives this Zen Steel on a daily basis. Instead of the Stock Zen’s 1-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that produced 58 Bhp-90 Nm, this car gets a 1.6-litre motor from the Baleno sedan. Hence, this Zen offers 94 Bhp and 130 Nm. Visually, the car looks slightly different from the stock version. It gets bumper diffusers, custom wheels, and a badge-less grille.
Another modified Zen Carbon
Here is yet another Maruti Zen Carbon that has been modified to look a tad cooler. Up front, it gets a cleaner look due to the absence of the Suzuki badge. It also gets a pair of bumper-mounted auxiliary lamps. The car also gets a bumper diffuser and side skirts along with orange stripes on the running across the rear fenders and the rear windows. The stock alloy wheels have been replaced with bigger multi-spoke units that are shod with wider rubber.
Deep dish rims on 5-door Zen
This one’s an immaculately well-maintained example that stands out due to its deep-dish rims shod with wide, low-profile rubber. The car also gets a discreet bumper diffuser and a couple of hood-mounted spot lights. While there’s nothing too radical with the way this Zen looks, the custom wheels go on to add a distinct touch to this car.
Monster Energy Zen
Here is another three-door Zen that receives a handful of modifications. The highlight of this zen is its two-tone blue-black paint scheme that gets large Monster Energy decals. At the front, it gets the stock wheels. The rear, however, gets bigger wheels shod with wider rubber. This gives the Zen Steel a very sporty stance. The interior too has been suitably modified and gets sports seats at the front.
And yet another modified Zen Carbon
Here is yet another modified 3-door Maruti Zen. It gets a pair of new headlamps that seem to hold Xenon bulbs. The grille says goodbye to the Suzuki badge and the bumper gets a discreet diffuser. Also, the car gets sporty multi-spoke alloy wheels that are shod with low-profile rubber. Not much more is known about this well-maintained Zen 3-door but we simply love the stance of this car.
A Red-hot Zen
Here’s a sporty-looking modified Maruti Zen that comes in a shade of bright red. Up front, it gets a custom bumper that has a large air dam. The hood also gets a faux scoop while the side profile gets some sporty skirts. The Zen rides on deep dish alloy wheels shod with low profile rubber. Sporty and very tasty, no?
Sporty Zen Classic
The final car on our list of modified Maruti Zen hatchbacks is a well-maintained and slightly modified Zen Classic. The Classic was a limited-run model that featured round headlamps and a lot of chrome on the front grille to give the Zen a slightly retro look. While it didn’t get a very positive response from the market, the owner of the Zen Classic you see above has maintained his car really well. The bumper gets custom LED fog lamps and this car rides on custom deep dish alloys shod with low profile rubber. The setup gives this Zen Classic a very sporty stance.