A report on TimesDrive states that Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to launch the petrol variant of the Brezza sub-4 meter compact SUV in August. According to the report, the Brezza Petrol will be launched on the 20th of August. Notably, Maruti Suzuki is facing the heat from new car launches, and the best selling Brezza compact SUV has lost quite a bit of sales in May 2019 thanks to the Hyundai Venue. In fact, the Brezza was outsold by the Hyundai Creta for the first time since launch during May 2019, and much of it had to do with the fact that Hyundai launched the Venue at a very competitive price tag. With the Venue grabbing a chunk of Brezza buyers, the Creta moved ahead to become India’s best selling SUV for May 2019. So, a petrol version for the Brezza at this juncture would do a world of good for sales as the SUV is currently offered only with a diesel engine.
The petrol engine in question is the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K-Series unit with 104 Bhp-138 Nm on tap. This engine is already offered on Maruti Suzuki cars such as the Ciaz and Ertiga, along with mild hybrid powertrains. The Brezza Petrol is also likely to get the mild hybrid option. On the Ciaz and Ertiga, this engine gets 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The same gearbox options are likely to be carried over to the Brezza as well. By April 2020, the petrol mild hybrid powertrain with manual and automatic gearbox options is likely to become the mainstay of the Maruti Brezza, which will lose its diesel engine to BS6 emissions in April 2020. Maruti has not indicated whether it would offer the newly developed 1.5 liter diesel engine on the Brezza post April 2020. Currently, this engine is offered on the Ciaz and Ertiga.
Maruti Suzuki’s chairman RC Bhargava has noted that the automaker would completely steer away from diesel engines from April 2020, and that diesel engines may be brought back only if high demand persists. For now, a petrol engine for the Maruti Brezza is imperative as every other sub-4 meter compact SUV sold in India barring the Mahindra TUV300 offers petrol engined options to buyers. In fact, the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Hyundai Venue offer not one but two petrol engines each. The Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 offer powerful turbo petrol engines. Amid all this, the Maruti Brezza stands out as the only SUV with taking a diesel-only approach currently, and this has begun to hurt in terms of sales. Apart from the new petrol mild hybrid powertrain, we also expect the Brezza to get a mid life facelift in August 2019.