Maruti Vitara Brezza continues to enjoy segment-leading sales
February has seen the Ford EcoSport retain its position above the Tata Nexon, but the Maruti Vitara Brezza continues to rule the roost in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment. The Maruti Brezza sold 11,620 units in February 2018 and retained its best-seller status. Roughly speaking, the Brezza sold more than twice of what the EcoSport could manage (5,438 units). The Tata Nexon stood in the third place with a total of 4,163 units. These sales numbers show that all three sub-4 meter compact SUVs are hot sellers, even as the market continues to expand. New launches in this segment are expected to expand the market further.
The Vitara Brezza is sold only with a 1.3-liter turbocharged diesel engine, but this doesn’t seem to limit its reach. Maruti will likely add a petrol engine to the Vitara Brezza, and this will, in all probability, further boost sales of the Maruti offering. As for the EcoSport and the Nexon, both SUVs are available with petrol and diesel engine options. The EcoSport offers a 1.5-liter petrol and a 1.5-liter turbo diesel engine. The former outputs 120 Bhp-150 Nm while the latter produces 98.6 Bhp-205 Nm. The EcoSport gets 6 speed automatic and 5-speed manual gearboxes on the petrol engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox on the diesel motor.
The Nexon gets two engine options – a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 108 Bhp-170 Nm and a 1.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 108 Bhp-260 Nm. Both engines are offered with 6-speed manual transmissions as standard. In the coming weeks, Tata will introduce 6-speed AMT options on both the petrol and diesel variants of the Nexon. The AMT variants could boost sales of the Nexon, pushing it past the Ford EcoSport. Ford, for its part, will try to make things difficult for the Nexon by launching special edition models of the EcoSport, and also a sportier S variant of the compact SUV. Things look all set to get a lot more interesting in the coming months. Trust Cartoq to keep you updated.