The newly launched Vitara Brezza is quite a crucial product for Maruti Suzuki. We say crucial because it has been designed and developed in India using one of Suzuki’s global platforms and unlike Maruti’s previous launches (Read: S-Cross and Baleno) which are limited to the brand’s Nexa premium dealerships, the Brezza is available across Maruti’s entire dealer network.
The Vitara Brezza boasts of a bold new look, thanks to a high-riding stance, chunky chrome grille and ‘bull horn’ shaped LED lights along with the projector headlamps. The overall length and width are rated at 3995mm and 1790mm respectively while the 1640mm of height is commanding enough for a crossover. What’s unique to this car is the dual colour scheme with floating roof effect. The rear end, however, looks a bit flat in comparison though there are some nice looking bits in the form of the silver accents to the bumper and the taillights.
Besides the usual assortment of features including fog lights, alloy wheels, climate control and the lot, Maruti is offering unique shaped LED lights, a large touchscreen infotainment system and instrumentation with multiple themes as interesting features. Safety-wise, a driver’s side airbag is standard across all trims while dual airbags and ABS with EBD are available on higher trims.
The Vitara Brezza, as we know, is being offered only as a diesel vehicle. This means it gets the familiar 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced turbo diesel engine under the hood. In the DDiS 200 trim, this engine develops 89bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1750rpm. As for the gearbox, Maruti is offering a 5-speed unit which sends power to the front wheels. Now the power output may not impress everyone but the fuel efficiency certainly will. Maruti, in fact, is claiming a class-leading efficiency of 24.3kmpl.
The Vitara Brezza weighs in between 1170kg and 1195kg, depending on the trim. That makes it significantly lighter than the competition including the Ford EcoSport and the heavyweight i.e. Mahindra’s TUV300.
While the Vitara Brezza is being offered in single tone colours across most trim levels, the ZDI+ trim gets dual-tone paint with red-black, blue-white and yellow-white combinations.
Priced between Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 9.68 lakh depending on the trim, the Vitara Brezza is noticeably cheaper than the competition and offers a lot of equipment. Add Maruti’s trusted after-sales support into the mix and this new addition could be the real game changer in the compact SUV segment.