Auto Expo 2020: Maruti reveals Vitara Brezza with a petrol engine
India’s biennial automobile show is now open to the public from February 7 to 12. Maruti Suzuki India today launched the new Vitara Brezza with a much-awaited petrol powertrain.
The company decided to stop the production of diesel cars in the BS-VI era. Thus, the Brezza needed to be upgraded to a petrol powertrain as it was a diesel-only car until now.
Just last month, the diesel Brezza crossed the five-lakh sales mark in little under four years.
The Brezza will now come with the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder K15B petrol engine, similar to the S-Cross, Ciaz, Ertiga, and XL6. It will also have the same five-speed manual and an automatic gearbox. The new Brezza engine will provide 106 PS of power and 138 Nm of torque. Maruti has decided to sell the smart hybrid SHVS system only with the automatic transmission variant.
The rules allow only a car smaller than four meters and with an engine capacity of less than 1,200cc to get favourable tax breaks. Maruti will struggle with the pricing of the car as it falls foul of the regulation with a 1,400cc engine.
The S-Cross has also been updated at the Auto Expo 2020, and new units should be in NEXA outlets by March 2020. But unlike the S-Cross, the Brezza is getting cosmetic upgrades.
The company has added a fresh front-end with a wider chin and a new twin-slat grille, new fog lamp housing, silver inserts on the bumper, faux skid plates, and new LED projector headlamps with L shaped DRLs.
Even on the rear, the Brezza has new LED tail lights and 16-inch dual-tone diamond cut alloy wheels finish the exterior package. Besides that, the compact SUV gains hill hold assist.
On the interior, the car has an all-black cabin with a 7.0-inch touchscreen SmartPlay Studio infotainment system. This system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay voice commands. It is coupled with cruise control, automatic wipers, and automatic headlamps, amongst other features. In terms of safety, the car has dual airbags and ABS.
Maruti has started accepting orders for the new Brezza. Prices of the new car shall be announced at the end of this month or at the start of March.
(Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta)