The recently launched Maruti Suzuki Brezza sub-4 meter compact SUV will soon get a CNG-Petrol dual fuel option. The compact SUV is currently available only with a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine, and the CNG option will use the same engine but with the additional functionality of being able to run on both CNG and petrol at the flick of a switch. In an interesting move, Maruti Suzuki will launch the Brezza CNG in both manual and automatic trims. This detail has leaked thanks to an alert Team-BHP user, who spotted the listing of parts for the CNG powered Brezza’s manual and automatic trims in Maruti Suzuki’s official website for car spare parts. The Maruti Suzuki genuine parts website lists both manual and automatic trims for the CNG powered Brezza, which is expected to be launched soon.
While the 1.5 liter K15C petrol engine on the Brezza Petrol makes 102 Bhp-137 Nm, it’s likely to output 87 Bhp-121.5 Nm while running on CNG. Notably, this is the same output that this very engine makes on the Ertiga, a MPV that is already available with the CNG option. The gearbox options available with this engine are a 5 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic.
This 4 cylinder engine gets variable valve timing for both the inlet and exhaust valves (dual VVT) and also dual fuel injectors on each cylinder (DualJet). The same features will be carried over to the CNG powered version of this engine as well. Maruti Suzuki will strengthen engine parts to cope with CNG, and will also uprate the suspension to cope with the additional weight of the CNG kit. The CNG powered Brezza will get a factory warranty, and the CNG tank is expected to sit in the boot of the SUV.
This will reduce boot space but that’s a compromise that most CNG Brezza buyers won’t hesitate to make given the fuel cost savings that the CNG powered variant brings to the table. A cleaner burning fuel, CNG is also cheaper than petrol. The running cost of CNG is only slightly higher than diesel, and a good upside is the fact that a CNG powered car can continue to ply on Delhi-NCR road for a full 15 years before having to be scrapped. Only diesel cars face a ban after 10 years of age, while petrol and CNG powered cars can be used for up to 15 years.
The CNG powered Brezza is likely to about Rs. 40,000 more pricier than the petrol powered version. The CNG powered version of the SUV will be aimed at those who primarily seek a city SUV. The Brezza CNG can do highway trips as well since it gets dual fuel functionality where the driver can switch to petrol mode at the flick of a switch. This will give the SUV a much longer range even in places where CNG availability is low. Expect an official announcement about the Brezza CNG from Maruti Suzuki in the weeks to come.