Maruti Suzuki is just a couple of hours away from launching the facelifted Brezza sub-4 meter compact SUV. A massive hoarding that has come outside the Auto Expo venue reveals the updated design of the new Brezza, which gets a mild refresh. The hoarding indicates that the 2020 Brezza Facelift will get a new chrome grille, revised headlamps with LED daytime running light strips, refreshed design for the alloy wheels, a two tone paint scheme with a blacked out roof and other minor cosmetic changes. The bigger changes will be under the hood.
The best-seller has just received a key mechanical change: it has dumped the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine for a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated K-Series petrol engine. The 1.5 liter petrol engine is Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant, gets a mild hybrid powertrain, and a second on-board battery that is a part of the mild hybrid unit.
There are two gearbox options on offer: a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed torque converter automatic. The engine and gearbox options are already on offer with three other Maruti Suzuki cars on sale currently in India – Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6. So, the Brezza Facelift is getting a tried and tested mechanical package. So, reliability and dependability is already taken care of in good measure.
Watch the live telecast of the 2020 Brezza unveil here.
The Brezza’s prices are likely to be lower than that of the outgoing diesel powered variant, and this will help the compact SUV compete better with the likes of the Hyundai Venue and Tata Nexon, two of the least priced sub-4 meter compact SUVs sold in India. Expect a starting price close to Rs. 7 lakh for the BS6 Brezza Petrol, which is also expected to get a slew of new features on the inside based on customer feedback. An electric sunroof is one such hotly anticipated feature on the new compact SUV.
While the new petrol engine will make the 2020 Brezza very attractive to a lot of buyers, the lack of a diesel engine option is likely to cost Maruti a lot of sales. Maruti Suzuki could reintroduce a diesel engine on the Brezza in late 2020 or early 2021 if there is enough demand for such a variant. The automaker is said to be working on making its in-house 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine BS6 compliant. Once that happens, this engine could find its way into the Brezza, and other Maruti cars such as the S-Cross, Ertiga and XL6. For now though, the Brezza is taking a petrol-only route.