To put an end to its absence from the compact/sub-compact SUV market, Maruti Suzuki will soon launch the Vitara Brezza in the country. The vehicle, which made its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo, has been developed in India.
The 3.995-meter-long Vitara Brezza will be powered by a 1.3-liter Fiat-sourced diesel engine, which makes 89 hp and 200 Nm. A 5-speed manual gearbox will be standard while an AMT can be added in the future. The company can also launch a petrol version of the Brezza at a later stage. While not a proper SUV, this, the Brezza also boasts a very decent ground clearance of 198 mm.
It will be launched on March 21, reveals Economic Times. Bookings for the same are said to have begun, against a deposit of Rs 21,000.
While the lower-spec versions will come with steel rims, devoid of chrome garnishes, the higher trims will get alloy wheels, a dual-tone paintjob (different-coloured roof), Apple CarPlay-ready SmartPlay infotainment system, etc. Other (more useful) features like projector headlamps, cruise control, push button start, etc. will also be available.
In terms of safety, the Vitara Brezza successfully cleared the side impact and offset barrier crash, which is another feather to its hat. Like other current generation Marutis, the vehicle will be offered with a driver airbag standard while passenger airbag and ABS will be added as one chooses the higher variants. An optional safety pack (comprising the passenger side airbag, ABS and EBD, and seat-belt pre-tensioner) can also be included, revealed an earlier report.
The Brezza’s rivals include the Ford EcoSport, the Mahindra TUV300, and upcoming vehicles like the Quanto facelift and the Tata Nexon. The Vitara Brezza will be competitively priced, so keeping in mind that the EcoSport diesel is priced at Rs 7.96 lakh onwards while the TUV at Rs 7.11 lakh, expect it to be closer to the Rs 6.5-7 lakh mark.