The Maruti Suzuki Brezza sub-4 meter compact SUV is under big pressure now that the Hyundai Venue is here. The Venue has now overtaken the Maruti Brezza comprehensively, and has been increasing its lead over the Maruti Suzuki SUV. The lack of a petrol engine option is hurting the Vitara Brezza, and fresh competition isn’t helping matters either. To give the Brezza a shot in the arm, Maruti Suzuki is working on a comprehensive makeover for the SUV, which will bring in a petrol engine into the equation. It’s not just any other petrol engine but a mild-hybrid petrol powertrain that will be the first such option in its class. The facelifted Brezza will get restyled front and rear ends, and will also get a slew of new features including an electric sunroof as a factory fitted option. The diesel engine will be discontinued though. Meanwhile, here’s a speculative render from IAB that shows what the facelifted Brezza will look like.
The facelifted Maruti Brezza will borrow its petrol mild hybrid powertrain from the likes of the Ciaz and Ertiga. The 1.5 liter K-Series petrol engine that makes 104 Bhp-138 Nm will be paired with 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The diesel engine of the Brezza, which is the tried and tested 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel unit with 89 Bhp-200 Nm, will be discontinued early next year, when the much stricter Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms will come into force.
Maruti could replace the 1.3 liter diesel with its in-house 1.5 liter diesel engine, which is expected to be made BS6 compliant. However, there’s no clear timeline for the new diesel engine’s arrival into Maruti Suzuki cars. We expect it to be ready by the end of next year, and Maruti has indicated that it would offer a diesel engine only in its bigger cars, and that too only if it sees enough demand for them.
The facelifted Brezza will continue to be positioned as a value for money offering in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment, going up against the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and the TUV300. Variant to variant, the facelifted Brezza petrol hybrid is likely to be cheaper than the current diesel by nearly Rs. 1 lakh. This should give buyers attractive savings, and also make the compact SUV more accessible in price terms. What remains to be seen is whether the lack of a diesel engine in the facelifted Brezza portfolio would dent sales further.