Does The 2017 Cultus Pose any threat to Existing Players?

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As it is common knowledge now-a-days, that the ‘New Cultus’ of Pakistan is globally known as ‘Celerio,’ but what many still don’t know is that this new Cultus is totally different from its predecessor. Not only does it offer more value to the customer through additional features, legroom, stunning interior, a healthy color range; but it offers a guaranteed performance with its K10B engine.

This new Cultus is directly competing with not only the existing product lineup of Pak-Suzuki -Wagon R & Suzuki Swift- but with imported cars as well, including Toyota Vitz, Passo, Mira and other hatchback vehicles.

Introducing a new car is always a very daunting task for any organization. However, taking advantage of its existing brand –Cultus- Pak-Suzuki has taken a very calculated risk to marginalize the chances of any backlash by opting the strategy of rebranding ‘Celerio’ into ‘Cultus.’ It’s a win-win situation really if you think about it, the customers will get a totally new car and the company will successfully add another vehicle to its product lineup.

Following is a chart comparing some features of the new Cultus in both India & Pakistan:

Sr. Features Indian Variants Pakistani Variants
VXi LXi ZXi VXR VXL
1. Power Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2. Front Airbags Yes Yes Yes No Yes
3. Immobilizer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
4. Automatic Transmission Option available No No
5. Power Windows No Yes Yes Yes Yes
6. ABS Yes Yes Yes No Yes
7. Keyless entry No No Yes Yes Yes
8. Central Door No Yes Yes Yes Yes
9. Alloy wheels No No Yes No Yes
10. Multimedia No No Yes Yes Yes
11. Head Light leveling Yes Yes Yes No No

 

Though this new car is being appreciated but the skepticism about its price tag still predominates the minds of many. Pak-Suzuki has still not said a word about the automatic variant of (New) Suzuki Cultus but sources are indicating towards the possible launch by the end of this year.

Security:

The standard variant of the new Suzuki Cultus is leaps ahead of its predecessor as Pak-Suzuki has added immobilizer across both variants of this car. However, the absence ABS in Suzuki Cultus VXR is will yield disappointment for its customers. Let’ not forget that the absence of ABS & Airbags will put this variant in a competitive disadvantage as far as the imported cars (in this price bracket) are concerned.

The New Suzuki Cultus VXL encapsulates all; ABS, two airbags & an immobilizer, making it a complete car.

Comfort and Interior:

Thanks to the Power Steering in Cultus VXR & electric steering in Cultus VXL, Steering adjustment and keyless entry; there are plenty of amenities to make driving easy. Both variants have been fitted with power windows, central door locking and very minimal blind spots as far as the driving is concerned.

Price:

In India, this car was offered six different variants on the basis of transmission, fuel and features.

Current ex-showroom prices (Approx) of both countries vehicles are:

Sr.   Variant   Price in Indian Rs. Price in Pakistani Rs. (Approx)
1. Maruiti Suzuki VXi Petrol & Manual 435,000 700,000
CNG & Manual 513,000 820,000
 
2. LXi Petrol & Manual 405,000 650,000
Petrol & Automatic 452,000 725,000
 
3. ZXi Petrol & Manual 465,000 745,000
Petrol & Automatic 512,000 820,000
1. Pak Suzuki Cultus VXR 1,250,000
2. Pak Suzuki Cultus VXL 1,391,000

At this point you might be wondering how is the price difference of 141,000 rupees justified in both variants of Suzuki Cultus? Is it just the airbags and ABS? As it turns out, No! Following is a list of features which differentiates Suzuki Cultus VXL from VXR:

  • 2 Airbags
  • Alloy Rims
  • ABS
  • Electronically Adjustable Side Mirrors
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Grill with black highlights
  • Vanity Mirrors
  • Charging Dock (inside center cup holders)
  • Body-Colored Side Mirrors + Door Handles
  • Boot Shelf
  • 4 Audio Speakers

So is this new Cultus worth all of the fuss? The price point is debatable but the features list is certainly impressive for a locally manufactured 1000cc hatchback.

 

Mian Saddam Sarwar

Mian Saddam Sarwar has life-long love for automobiles and has experience of driving many local and imported vehicles. He is pursuing Chartered Accountancy and is Senior Audit Associate in a Big4 Accountancy firm in Islamabad.

Notable Replies

  1. The only benifit by Cultus is to use a new vehicle, its not a near threat to JDM of 1000 CC due to AUTO CVT with classy suspension. Moreover by getting Cultus in 1391K, one would prefer to go with Swift in almost 30K additional.

  2. The fact that there is no automatic transmission will ensure that the market for small JDM's will stay intact.

    @ammarwasim
    Swift might be only 30k more expensive but Swift lacks airbags which is a critical safety feature. Furthermore, the model of Swift in Pakistan is the 2nd gen swift which is an obsolete car. Japan is already using the 4th gen and India will get the 4th gen this year too...essentially what this means is Paksuzuki is more than a decade behind !

    @ Mian Saddam Sarwar
    You could add a few other things in the comparison which are missing in Pakistani version but present in certain variants of Indian / Thai models....firstly the rear wiper and washer, and secondly UV glass, etc..

  3. Seems like Another paid article in the favour of Pak Suzuki.. people like you making social media incredible in the same way as print and electronic media whom primary concern is to earn money by advertise anything in anyway if they get paid. Shame on you. Not a single word on the 600k difference bw VXL & ZXRi which is equipped with A/T and Partial hybrid system but justifying the difference of 1.4 lac bw vxl and VXR by the fake data. Who told you all these features are not present in VXR?
    Vanity Mirrors
    Charging Dock (inside center cup holders)
    Body-Colored Side Mirrors + Door Handles
    Boot Shelf
    4 Audio Speakers
    ALL these gadget are available in VXR so correct you fact and don't misguide the people who trust pw forum, for the sake of few ill gotten pennies.

  4. I must say that comparing anything with India is stupid as first you cannot import the car from India to Pakistan , second if are hell bent on comparing then compare the cars with Japan Thailand Indonesia china as those are the places people of Pakistan import their cars from ,mostly it is Japan . Thirdly rather then taking money from companies to write articles in favour of them and misguiding your reader you should come up with subscription plan . I am sure a typical pak wheeler reader can afford rs.1000 subscription for one year .considering your reader database you can earn more money then being dishonest and taking bribes and money from automobile companies .peace to all .

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