The Maruti Brezza lost the title of India’s best selling SUV to the Hyundai Creta in May 2019 but June 2019 has seen the sub-4 meter SUV from Maruti take back the lead. Maruti dispatched 8,871 units of the Vitara Brezza to dealer stockyards across India in June 2019, while Hyundai could manage only 8,334 units of the Creta. Ths numbers will be quite worrying for Maruti given the fact that the Hyundai Venue has clocked 8,763 units in June 2019, and is nipping on the heels of the Brezza. At this rate, the Venue could outsell the Brezza as it comes with both petrol and diesel engines compared to the diesel-only Brezza. Also, sales of the Brezza have fallen by a full 17 % when compared to June 2018, when the SUV clocked a healthy 10,713 units. We expect to see bigger discounts on the Brezza Diesel during this year’s festive season, and also the much-needed petrol engined variants.
According to reports on various car websites, the petrol powered version of the Maruti Brezza is all set for launch in India on the 20th of August 2019. To make up for lost time, the Maruti Brezza is likely to be offered with a mild hybrid powertrain as well. The Brezza Petrol Mild Hybrid will borrow its powertrain from the likes of the Maruti Ciaz and Ertiga.
The engine in question is the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated K-Series unit with 104 Bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque. On the Ciaz and Ertiga, the petrol mild hybrid is offered with 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The same is likely to be carried over on the Brezza Petrol as well. Considering the fact that the competition offers petrol and petrol automatic options, Maruti will not want to leave out any gaps in the Brezza’s variant line up. Currently, the Maruti Brezza is offered with a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine with 89 Bhp-200 Nm on tap. 5 speed manual and AMT options are offered with this engine.
In contrast, the Hyundai Venue is offered with no less than 3 engine options: a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder VTVT naturally aspirated petrol with 82 Bhp-114 Nm, a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel with 89 Bhp-220 Nm and a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol engine with 120 Bhp-170 Nm. The petrol engine gets a 5 speed manual gearbox while the turbo petrol gets 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearboxes. The diesel engine is a manual-only affair, with a 6 speed gearbox. Prices of the Hyundai Venue start from just Rs. 6.5 lakhs for the base petrol E trim, and this is perhaps what’s driving buyers in huge numbers to Hyundai showrooms across India.