Maruti Suzuki will soon roll out the MY2018 Vitara Brezza, with a slew of changes. The sub-4 meter compact SUV has already been spied at a TVC shoot, which indicates that the official launch is just around the corner. The new SUV will get a new, twin tone orange-grey paint scheme. Other changes include a boost to safety, with features such as ABS with EBD, dual-front airbags and reverse parking sensors becoming standard across all variants. The new SUV also gets blacked out alloy wheels for a sportier stance, and a chrome front grille and chrome tailgate garnish now being offered as standard.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza will retain its 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine with 89 Bhp-200 Nm outputs, along with a 5 speed manual gearbox. A key mechanical change will be the addition of the AMT option on the VDi and ZDi trims. The Brezza AMT will be Maruti’s first ever affordable diesel automatic SUV in the Indian market. The Brezza Diesel AMT will take on the Mahindra TUV300 AMT and the recently launched Tata Nexon AMT. A price increase of about 80,000 rupees is likely for the Brezza AMT, as compared to the prices of the equivalent manual variants.
Notably, the 1.3 litre diesel engine-AMT option is already available on multiple Maruti Suzuki cars such as the Swift, Ignis and Dzire, but in 74 Bhp-190 Nm state of tune. The Brezza will be the first Maruti car to use this combination in the 89 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune. We wonder if this will also allow Maruti to bring in diesel AMT options on cars such as the upcoming Ciaz Facelift and the all-new Ertiga.
Ever since its launch, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has been India’s best selling compact SUV, consistently clocking over 10,000 units each month. The new AMT variants are likely to boost sales by about 2,000 units every month, and it’s likely that both the Tata Nexon AMT and the Mahindra TUV300 AMT will feel the heat. The only chink in the Brezza’s armor after the addition of the AMT option will be the absence of a petrol engine. This is something Maruti is said to be working on. However, there’s no clear timeline as to when such a variant would be offered on the SUV.