The Maruti Vitara Brezza has dominated the sub-4-meter compact SUV segment ever since it was launched here in 2016. While the Brezza rivals some fresher models like the Ford EcoSport facelift and the Tata Nexon, it continues to maintain its numero uno status. Recently, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd launched the AMT variant and now, it looks like the manufacturer is close to coming up with the much-anticipated petrol variant. Here are 5 things you should really know about the upcoming Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol model –
New 1.5 L from Ciaz/Ertiga
The petrol-sipping Vitara Brezza will be powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers the new-gen Ertiga MPV. The modern gasoline engine will make its India debut on the upcoming Ciaz facelift. The new K15B 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine offers 104.7 PS and 138 Nm for the Indonesia-spec Ertiga MPV. In India, this engine will replace the K14 petrol motor that powers the Ciaz and the Ertiga.
Like we said, Maruti Suzuki recently launched the AMT variants of the Brezza. The AMT-equipped Brezza is a direct rival of the diesel-sipping Nexon AMT. That said, the Vitara Brezza is yet to have a variant that can take on the likes of Nexon AMT petrol and Ford EcoSport petrol automatic. The upcoming petrol-engined Brezza, however, will change things in Maruti’s favour. The K15B petrol engine that will power the Brezza will be available with a four-speed automatic transmission. This will enable the highly popular compact SUV to fend off the heat from the AT-equipped petrol-powered rivals.
In one of its latest reports, Express Drives states that the upcoming 1.5-litre petrol engine will benefit from the SHVS micro-hybrid technology. The Ciaz diesel became the first Maruti car to sport this system. The SHVS tech was later added to the diesel variant of the Ertiga and to the updated S-Cross. The company is now planning to carry over this technology to the new K15B petrol engine. This means that the petrol variants of the new-gen Ertiga, Ciaz facelift, and Vitara Brezza will benefit from the SHVS micro-hybrid technology. This will, in turn, enhance the fuel mileage on offer.
Standard Safety Features
With the launch of the recent facelift, all the trim-levels of the Vitara Brezza compact SUV come equipped with three important safety features – ABS, front dual airbags, and reverse parking sensors. The same will be the case with the petrol-powered Brezza. Thanks to the upcoming safety norms, Maruti will have to offer these three safety features across all the trim levels of the Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol.
Will be also sold by Toyota
As we’ve been saying, Suzuki Motor Corp. and Toyota have formed a partnership that will enable Toyota Kirloskar Motor to sell the Vitara Brezza, Baleno, and Ciaz through its own dealerships. In return, Maruti Suzuki will get the Corolla Altis D-segment sedan. Furthermore, Toyota will also help Suzuki with the development of a low-cost, high-efficiency electric powertrain for its upcoming compact vehicles. Like we just said, Toyota will be selling the Vitara Brezza compact SUV through its dealerships, which means that you’ll be able to purchase the upcoming Vitara Brezza petrol variant from Toyota!