Maruti Suzuki launched their first sub-compact SUV, dubbed the Vitara Brezza. The country’s largest carmaker designed, conceptualised and developed the product entirely in India – a first for Maruti Suzuki. This has allowed the company to launch the car for an incredibly appealing starting price of Rs 6.99 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The Brezza will be available only in three trims (Ldi, Vdi and Zdi) with the top-end variant priced at Rs 9.68 lakh.
The car will be positioned right below the S-Cross and will therefore not be sold through Maruti Suzuki’s more exclusive ‘Nexa’ showrooms. It’s powered by a 1.3 DDis 200 engine which gives out 89bhp of power with over 20 kgm of torque. Although not as powerful as its rivals such as the Ford Ecosport and the Mahindra TUV300, the Vitara Brezza claims to provide higher fuel efficiency with a claimed mileage of 24.3 kpl. Although there isn’t a petrol motor available for the Brezza at the moment, Maruti Suzuki aren’t ruling out its inclusion at a later stage.
In terms of look, the Maruti Vitara Brezza sports a boxy profile with shorter overhangs and an upright stance; the front fascia is chrome-rich, thanks to the chunky H-shaped grille. Then there is the muscular-looking bumper with large air intakes flanked by fog-lamps and LED guide lights. The side profile flaunts black under body plastic cladding that runs across the wheel boxy arches, and blacked-out A-, B- and C-pillars. The Vitara Brezza also gets a sporty set of alloys and roof rails. While the top-end variants gets 16-inch alloy wheels, the lower trims get 15-inch steel rims.
The Vitara Brezza’s rear tops off the SUV’s masculine appeal: it gets wraparound tail-lamps, chunky chrome unit on the tailgate, and a meaty bumper. Maruti is also offering special accessory packages on the Brezza, namely Glamour, Sporty, Urban along with the segment-first dual exterior colour options, which includes
Keeping in with the company’s latest set of products, Maruti Vitara Brezza also gets enough number of safety features. Available in six trims, driver-side airbag is standard on all variants though. With that being said, LDi and VDi trims do not get passenger-side airbag and ABS with EBD as standard; instead they are available with the options pack. The car also comes with reverse parking camera and sensors and manual headlight leveling among others. Furthermore, Maruti claims the Brezza is safety compliant with the proposed offset and side impact norms, expected to be applicable from 2017.
Maruti Vitara Brezza’s cabin is rather simplistic and is finished in black with silver highlights that lend a sporty and urban appeal. A lot of cycle parts from other Maruti products are evident, but the Vitara Brezza gets some interesting features too, including the colour changing backlight on the instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay connectivity, automatic climate control, push button start, reverse camera, cruise control, auto headlights, height adjustable driver’s seat, rain sensing wipers, electrically foldable ORVMs, steering mounted controls, twin glove-box with cooling. The boot capacity stands at 328-litres that can be further expanded with the 60:40 split foldable rear seats.
Talking about the powertrain, the new Maruti Vitara Brezza is being offered with only a diesel engine for now – the 1.3-litre four-cylinder DDiS 200 tuned to produce 89bhp of power at 4000rpm along with 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. The motor is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Vitara Brezza also manages to beat its rivals in the department of fuel-efficiency; it offers an ARAI-certified mileage of 24.3Km/l.
Unlike the Baleno, Maruti will retail the Vitara Brezza via its regular dealerships. Though the S-Cross failed to live up to expectations, the Brezza is expected to be the game changer in the UV space. The competitive pricing will most certainly aid the company’s hopes for the car. One must note, Maruti had earlier said that it hopes to introduce AMT on the Vitara Brezza later, while a petrol engine is also said to be under development. Deliveries for the new model will commence on March 21 across the country.
In India the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will lock horns with Mahindra TUV300 and Ford EcoSport.
|Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Specifications|
|Engine||4-cylinder, DDiS, 1.3-litre engine|
|Power||88.5bhp @ 4,000rpm|
|Torque||200Nm @ 1,750rpm|
|Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Features|
|– Segment-first Apple CarPlay connectivity|
|– LED DRLs and projector head-lamps on top-end variant|
|– Accessory packages & dual-tone colour customization scheme|
|– Remote control through smartphone application|
|– Dual Airbags|
|– ABS with EBD|
|Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Prices (introductory; ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|LDI (O)||7.12 Lakh|
|VDI (O)||7.75 Lakh|
|ZDI+ (Dual Tone)||9.68 Lakh|