The Vitara Brezza has become India’s fastest selling SUV, ever. Maruti Suzuki has managed to sell 2 lakh units of the sub-4 meter compact SUV in just 20 months of launch. This means that the vehicle is selling at an average of 10,000 units per month. The Vitara Brezza leads the Creta as India’s best selling SUV. With this milestone, it also cements its place as India’s fastest selling SUV.
And the SUV has done this with a single engine and single transmission option. Every other competitor offers multiple engines and multiple transmissions including automatics. But the Vitara Brezza is sold with a standard diesel engine – the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged unit with 89 Bhp-200 Nm. The gearbox is a five speed manual and it drives the front wheels.
Maruti does have plans of adding a petrol engine to the Brezza next year. The Baleno’s 1 liter BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine is expected to be offered on the Brezza Petrol. The gearbox will remain a 5 speed manual. While there has been talk of the Brezza getting a AMT option on its diesel, there has been no official announcement from Maruti regarding the same.
Demand for the Vitara Brezza is very high despite increased competition from new launches like the Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport Facelift. Some variants of the Brezza have waiting periods of up to 2 months. Maruti has added an extra shift at its new Sanand Factory in Gujarat to bring down waiting periods. Prices of the Brezza start from Rs.7.24 lakhs, and airbags and ABS are standard on all variants.
The vehicle complies with India’s upcoming safety norms called Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP). Top-end variants of the Brezza get a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay smart phone connectivity. Other key features include automatic climate control, projector headlamps, cruise control, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and reverse parking camera. Maruti offers various personalization kits for the SUV at the dealer level. Direct competition for the Brezza comes from the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and Nuvosport.