Maruti Suzuki has launched its official compact SUV in India under the name of Vitara Brezza. Brought in a diesel-only version, the Brezza was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 in Greater Noida. It later got officially launched on 8th March 2016 and is Maruti Suzuki’s 4th offering in the SUV market after Gypsy, Grand Vitara and S-Cross. Brezza has been completely conceptualized, designed and produced in India. It will also be exported to Asian, European, African and Latin American countries. This new SUV will be available through the standard dealerships of the company and not the NEXA showrooms selling Baleno and S-Cross. Ford EcoSport is going to be its primary rival.
The Fiat-sourced 1.3 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine of Brezza churns out 89 bhp at 4000 rpm and has 20.4 kgm of torque at 1750 rpm. It is coupled with 5 speed manual transmission. Brezza comes only with a two-wheel drive configuration. We expect Maruti Suzuki to introduce a petrol engine later as also the option of automatic gearbox. But a four wheel drive seems unlikely.
As a sub-compact SUV, Vitara Brezza measures 3995 mm in length. It has a height of 1640 mm and width of 1790 mm. The wheelbase is 2500 mm long. Pinned on Suzuki’s C-platform, this car is built on what the car maker terms "Suzuki Total Effective Control Technology" or the Suzuki TECT body structure with high-tensile steel. Its front suspension comprises McPherson strut with coil springs and at the rear it has a torsion beam with coil springs. Kerb weight ranges between 1170 kg and 1195 kg. It’s a monocoque body car like its chief rival EcoSport.
With its short overhangs and mildly angled tail, the Brezza does look like a trimmed-down SUV. It may not have a flamboyant styling but the lines are clean and it won't offend anyone. The chrome grille bordered by elegant headlights looks good and the headlights also have projector units on ZDi and ZDi+. The base and mid-segment versions get 16-inch steel wheels covered with 205/60 section tyres and top trims ride on 16-inch alloy wheels with 215/60 section rubber.
The shoulder line is neatly defined and there is black cladding at the base of the doors. The distinct look of Brezza comes from its tapering glass area. In their attempt to provide this SUV a ‘floating roof’ appearance, the designers at Maruti Suzuki have given a black finish for the A, B and C pillars. The roof and D pillar are in the body colour and can also be had in a contrasting shade of black or white. What's more, Maruti will offer Brezza's buyers 3 accessory packages - in the form of Glamour, Sporty and Urban - for personalisation of their car's appearance.
The cabin feels comfortable and ingress + egress are easy. Seats are well contoured although cushioning is on the softer side. The centre console with the infotainment system has black plastic surround and silver highlights add a contrast. The practically designed dashboard gets 2 glove-boxes with one of them being cooled.
A number of parts including the steering, power window switches are shared with other Marutis. What adds to the appeal of the cabin is the combination of rich seat fabric and woven roof lining. These have a more premium quality than what is seen in Vitara Brezza’s competitors. Space at the rear is adequate for three as the width of cabin is good. Knee room and headroom do not disappoint either. There is a fold out centre armrest for more comfort if there are only two rear-seat passengers.
The top trims of Brezza come with rain-sensing wipers, electrically folding ORVMs, push-button start, parking camera, cruise control, dual airbags and ABS. Driver-side airbag is provided as standard on base and mid versions. Customers will also get the option to buy a safety package comprising front passenger-side airbag and anti-lock brakes.
There are seven versions for this compact SUV in the forms of LDi, LDi (O), VDi, VDi (O), ZDi, ZDi+, and ZDi (Dual tone). These are priced between Rs. 6.99 lakhs and 9.68 lakhs (ex-showroom price Delhi.) Colour options for Maruti Vitara Brezza include six single-tone and three dual-tone colour schemes. Their availability depends on the choice of variants. Pearl Arctic White, Premium Silver and Granite Grey are offered for all the trims. Blazing Red comes with all except ZDi+. Cerulean Blue adorns only the VDi, VDi (O) and ZDi, while Fiery Yellow is exclusive to ZDi).
For the range topper ZDi+ version, you can go for the dual-colour options. The combinations include Cerulean Blue with a Pearl Arctic White roof, Blazing Red with a Midnight Black roof, and Blazing Red with a Midnight Black roof. In dealership and service segments, Maruti already leads the Indian car market. With its family repute as strength, a tried and tested diesel engine and features customised for Indian buyers, the Vitara Brezza looks prepared to take on its rivals in the compact SUV segment.