Launched in 2016, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza became a game-changer for the manufacturer. It remained on the top of the sales charts almost all the time and became the first car in the segment to reach the 500,000 units mark! First launched only with a diesel engine option, Maruti Suzuki has now launched the petrol version of the car but you will not be able to buy the diesel-powered Brezza anymore. To meet the BS6 emission norms, Maruti Suzuki will only offer their cars with the petrol engine. We spent some time with the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in Goa and here is what we think about the car.
The biggest change!
The biggest change in the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is its engine. It now offers a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is already available with the likes of Ciaz and Ertiga in the Indian market. It produces a maximum power of 104 Bhp and peak torque of 138 Nm. Yes, the new petrol Vitara Brezza has become more powerful but it is not the most powerful car in the segment.
Instead, it is the most fuel-efficient petrol car in the segment. It returns a maximum of 18.76 km/l with the 4-speed automatic transmission and 17.03 km/l with the 5-speed manual transmission. Surprised? Well, the 4-speed automatic transmission of the new Vitara Brezza offers the Smart Hybrid System as standard. The system utilises a separate lithium-ion battery pack and an Integrated Starter Engine to assist the engine whenever the car accelerates. This reduces the load on the engine and increases fuel efficiency.
Since it is a torque convertor 4-speed transmission, it has become much smoother compared to the AMT that was available with the pre-facelifted version of the car. The transmission comes with settings that can keep restrict it from shifting to the higher gears and allows the driver better control on the car, especially in the tricky situations and hill climbs. Even the 5-speed manual transmission of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is very smooth and slots very easily. Overall, we loved driving the automatic version more than the manual one the narrow Goan roads. But if you’re someone who wants to take the full charge of the car, the manual is the one to go for.
Does it look different?
Not entirely but there are enough changes in the car that makes it look fresh and also bolder than the previous version. Most of the changes are in the front-end, it gets a new grille and new headlamps that look integrated to the grille’s enclosure. Even the bumper has been updated while a new skid plate adds a bolder look to the new Vitara Brezza. The headlamps get new chrome elements that add a premium look while the higher-end variants now offer all-LED projector headlamps that are brilliant in the night and again, adds a premium look to the car.
At the rear, the new Vitara Brezza gets newly designed LED tail lamps. They do look eye-catchy and are in split form. There is also a new bumper in the rear with a new skid plate. The side profile of the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza remains identical to the last one. However, new alloy wheels have been added and they do look good. Maruti Suzuki has also added three new colours – Sizzling Red, Torque Blue and Granite Grey with dual-colour options to the Brezza.
Maruti Suzuki has kept the changes to a minimum when it comes to the cabin. You get new upholstery, auto-dimming IRVM and a new Smart Play infotainment system. The new infotainment system can provide you with live traffic updates and play Internet podcasts and radio through the new AHA radio system. Apart from that, the cabin remains more or less the same. You get a slide-adjustable front armrest with storage space underneath, two glove boxes, a lot of space on the doors to keep the bottles and other items. There is a lot of space in the car all around.
At the rear, the Brezza offers adjustable headrests, which are very useful on long-distance journeys. You also get foldable armrest with cup holders and a hook behind the driver seat to hang small items. There is a lot of legroom and if you want, the seats can be folded in 60:40 split to keep larger items easily. But you do miss out of a rear charging socket, and rear AC vents.
Should you buy it?
The manual version of the Vitara Brezza starts at Rs 7.34 lakhs while the automatic is priced at Rs 9.75 lakhs. It is not the most affordable vehicle in the segment but it offers a decent list of features, immovable Maruti Suzuki trust and also, the best fuel efficiency in the segment. Did we miss the diesel-powered Brezza? Certainly not and we hope the market does not miss that too. If you’re looking for a value-for-money product and want a vehicle that looks fresh on the roads, you already get only a few choices in the segment. If you’re looking for a car that you can keep of years without worrying too much about the service, maintenance and resale value, well, you don’t have to look any further, the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza offers all of that plus returns the highest fuel efficiency in the segment!