Replica cars are quite common in India and most of them are ugly examples. A Maruti Brezza getting modified to look like a Range Rover Evoque was an exception though, and it actually looked good. Built in Kerala, this is one modification job that impressed almost everyone, and it’s now on sale. The SUV gets Range Rover Evoque looks on the outside, which means that the body has been completely modified. On the inside, the seats and leather upholstery is new, again to make the Brezza feel more luxurious. All in all, the modification job is extensive, and from the looks of it, nearly non-reversible. Meanwhile, the seller is asking Rs. 13 lakhs for the modified SUV, which makes it rather expensive. For this kind of money, a buyer can opt for a brand new, top-end Brezza Diesel with an AMT in tow. For now, here’s the listing on OLX.
What’s not clear though is whether this SUV is road legal. That’s something that a buyer will have to sit and figure out with the seller considering the fact that RTO officials in Kerala have been coming down heavily on modified cars and motorcycles. The SUV has run only 7,500 Kms, which means that the mechanicals should hold up for a long time to come given the excellent reliability levels exhibited by the Brezza platform.
The modified SUV uses the same mechanicals as the diesel powered Brezza. The engine is the tried and tested 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet unit with 89 Bhp-200 Nm. The gearbox is a 5 speed manual. The Brezza is also offered with a 5 speed AMT option. The SUV takes on the likes of the Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra XUV300 but is not available with a petrol engine. Early next year, Maruti will offer a petrol engine with the Brezza.
The engine in question will be rhe 1.5 liter K-Series petrol mild hybrid unit, making 104 Bhp-138 Nm. This engine already does duty on the Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 models and the Brezza will be the fourth car to be powered by it. 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options will be offered on the Brezza Petrol. Apart from the new petrol engine, the Brezza is also expected to get a major facelift next year, which is likely to bring in an electric sunroof on the top-end trim. There will be multiple cosmetic changes as well, giving the Brezza a fresh new look. The SUV has now beaten by the Hyundai Venue in terms of monthly sales, and Maruti will be keen to win back marketshare with the introduction of the facelifted, petrol powered Brezza.