First supermini Suzuki Cultus was presented at the 25th Tokyo Motor Show, being formally presented to the Japanese domestic market in the year 1983 and finally produced in seven countries for three generations and advertised and sold worldwide bearing various nameplates like Chevrolet Metro, Geo Metro, Suzuki Swift and even Suzuki Margalla in Pakistan.
Cultus being offered by Suzuki G engine family, with four body style variations and engines, its production is continued in Pakistan.
Cultus is a Latin word, means “adoration” or “care”.
In 1983, Cultus was first introduced to JDM with a name of SA-310 as a hatchback of either a 3 or 5 door system, with G efamily’s two petrol engines, a power plant of three cylinder with 993 cc, and 1324 cc of four cylinder version, power ranging from 60 PS (44 kW) JIS to 75 PS (55 kW). Automatic and manual transmission were available and a turbocharged version was presented later with small engines with power of 80 PS (59 kW), and 165/70 HR12 tyres.
In 1986, little modification was done to Cultus, making a new front end along with a better grille, bumpers and headlights. The power of engine was little bit matched up with the 1.0 L and 1.3 L model, then a more powerful version Cultus GTi joined in. it has features of 1.3 L engine with a Twin Cam 16v variant of 1298 cc, fuel injection and 97 PS (71 kW). In 1988, its first generation manufacturing was stopped.
In 1988, a better version was introduced for more cabin space and cargo area for the second generation. This new one was coming with the hatchback of 3 or 5 door types system, like the earlier ones, and the power engines were from the G-series of 1.0 L to 1.3 L. This last version had the power of 58 PS (43 kW) and 82 PS (60 kW), along with a fuel injection being standard and a 16-valve arrangement of SOHC being the first one to bear 4WD on larger engine.
More powerful Cultus GTi, was reaching around 115 PS JIS (85 kW) along with the improved models of GTi engine: the engine of G13B having a larger compression pistons (11.5:1 compression ratio), a tabular intake manifold, tubular exhaust headers, reprogrammed ECU and a huge camshafts, few models also featured the all-wheel drive.
Cultus Ellesse were the outfitted version being air condition operating automatically, power windows, central locking, and steering wheel that is adjustable and even a sedan version, Esteem featuring a bigger engine of 1.5 L and available with the optional 4WD, bearing the similar equipment like Cultus Ellesse.
Suzuki introduced a convertible two seater version matching to the hatchback body style in 1992 and even dropped in some time.
Japanese Domestic Market Internal Designations
- 1983?1988 AA41S
- 1986?1988 A43S,AB43S,AA53S,AB53S,AA33S,AB33S,AA43V
- 1988?1998 AA34S,AA44S,AB34S,AB44S
- 1992?1993 AK34S, Cultus Convertible