Maruti Suzuki is working on a mid life makeover for one of its best selling SUVs – the Vitara Brezza. The sub-4 meter compact SUV, introduced in 2016, still manages to sell over 10,000 units consistently each month. This, despite not having a petrol engine option in a segment whose other SUVs offer petrol engine options. The Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms will force the Brezza to go petrol, and along with the engine change, Maruti will also give the sub-4 meter SUV a full makeover to make it more attractive considering growing competition. Here is a speculative render from Shoeb R Kalania, showing what the facelifted Maruti Brezza could look like.
As the render indicates, the facelifted Maruti Brezza could be heavily influenced by the Suzuki Vitara, a larger compact SUV that the Japanese automaker sells internationally. The vertically slatted grille is a major highlight in the Brezza’s refreshed design while other elements at the front such as the headlamps, bumper, bonnet and fog lamp housings also see major changes. The headlamps get kinks, like the ones that are seen on the Maruti Ertiga and XL6 models. To sum up the front end makeover, it makes the Vitara Brezza look more butch than the current version. Other changes on the SUV could include new alloy wheels and revised rear end styling.
On the inside, expect some feature additions, new seat fabric and interior trim colours, but the overall layout of the dashboard and other bit are likely to be carried over from the pre-facelift model. Under the hood, changes will be acute. The 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine, which makes 89 Bhp-200 Nm, will make way for a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K-Series naturally aspirated petrol engine-mild hybrid combination. The petrol engine – already BS6 compliant – will be paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard while a torque converter automatic gearbox is expected to be offered as an option. Notably, this engine is already offered with these combinations in the Ertiga, XL6 and Ciaz. The Vitara Brezza will be fourth Maruti car to get the same powertrain combination.
Maruti could reintroduce diesel on the Vitara Brezza Facelift after a while. India’s largest car maker is said to be working on a BS6 compliant version of the in-house 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine. Once that happens, the motor is likely to find its way not just into the facelifted Vitara Brezza but also the Ertiga, S-Cross Ciaz and XL6 models. Meanwhile, the facelifted Maruti Brezza is likely to be launched in early 2020, at the Indian Auto Expo in February. It may not be cheaper than the outgoing diesel though as the 1.5 liter petrol engine will negate the excise duty benefits that the Vitara Brezza would have qualified for had the engine been smaller than 1.2 liters.
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