The front-wheel-drive 5-door hatchback, sold in the UK under the Austin and MG brands, was manufactured by the Austin-Rover group from March 1983 to 1994 at a factory in Cowley (Oxford).
Design work on the creation of the Rover Maestro began in 1977, it was conceived as a car for the middle class. The predecessors of the model were Austin Max, Austin Allegro and MG 1300. The successors were the Rover 200 Mark II and MG ZS. A similar car was the Austin (Rover) Montego.
Maestro in versions with gasoline engines of 1.3 liters and 1.6 liters were produced from 1983 to 1993, and with a 2-liter turbodiesel - in 1991-1994. In addition to the Maestro hatchback, it was produced in the back of a 3-door van; The commercial delivery van had a double rear swing door.
The dimensions of the hatchback are 4000/1695/1430 mm with a wheelbase of 2510 mm and a track gauge of 1465/1440 mm, the minimum ground clearance was 140 mm, and the boot volume is 300 liters. By folding the rear seatback in parts, it was possible, if necessary, to increase the luggage compartment to 1090 liters. Curb weight of the car 925/975/1095 kg, permissible full - 1370/1440/1560 kg, depending on the type of engine.
Maestro was an advanced technology and solution for that time: the engine had an electronic control system, the manual gearbox was 5-speed, the front seat belt was adjustable in height, the back of the seat was asymmetrically separate, the bumper was painted in body color, and the service life was estimated not less than 19,300 km (12,000 miles). The instrument panel on the front panel combined a digital speedometer, a display with a tachometer, a fuel gauge and a temperature sensor. A fairly spacious 5-seater saloon was one of the most spacious and comfortable for passengers in this class of cars.
After a successful start, sales of the model gradually began to decline. The reason was the lack of reliability of the 1.6-liter R-series engine. As a result of the modernization in July 1984, the engines of the new S-series appeared, equipped with electronic ignition, which were later installed on all 1.6-liter Maestro.
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The engines were located under the hood transversely. The carburetor 4-cylinder 8-valve with a volume of 1.3 liters had a power of 69 hp / 5600 rpm and a torque of 102 Nm / 3500 rpm, and 1.6-liter engines - respectively 86 hp / 5600 rpm and 132 Nm / 3500 about. Dynamics of 1.3-liter Maestro: 12.5 s to hundreds and a maximum speed of 154 km / h; 1.6-liter: 10.5 s and 167 km / h. The consumption of gasoline AI-95 in a car with an engine of 1.3 liters on a highway of 5.6 liters, in the urban cycle - 7.8 liters; for 1.6 l, the figures correspond to 5.3 / 8.9 per 100 km of track.
The diesel turbocharged 4-cylinder 8-valve power unit with a volume of 2 liters developed a maximum power of 60 hp / 4500 rpm and a torque of 121 Nm / 2500 rpm. Maestro with this engine accelerated to 100 km / h in 16 s, the maximum speed was 150 km / h; fuel consumption on the highway is 4.4 liters, in the city 5.9 liters and in the combined cycle - 6.2 liters per 100 km.
The steering was a gear-rail with power, the minimum turning diameter was 9.9 m. The suspension was completely independent on the coil springs front and rear.
The brakes on the Maestro were mounted front disc, rear - drum. Active safety system included ABS and Brake Assist Dortomazhivatel. The standard tire size is 145 SR13 for cars with a 1.3-liter engine, 165 SR13 for the 1.6-liter and 175/70 SR14 for the diesel versions.
In September 1995, Maestro production was transferred to Bulgaria. At the plant in Varna, about 2,200 machines were assembled using CKD technology. Further production was discontinued in April 1996 due to high costs associated with importing components, as well as insignificant demand for cars. Nearly 1,700 "Bulgarian" Maestro were exported, including 550 units to Uruguay, 400 to Argentina and 200 to Macedonia.
Later, in 1998, the rights to release the model were sold to the Chinese company Etsong, which specially built a plant in Qingdao, where the hatchback and van Maestro with minor upgrades (Etsong Lubao QE6400 Ruby, Etsong Lubao QE6440 Laird and Lubao FAW CA6410) were assembled until 2005 .