Maruti Vitara Brezza, the much-awaited compact SUV from the Indian auto major will be making its premiere at Auto Expo 2016; which takes place from February 5 – February 9, 2016.
The Vitara Brezza is unique in the sense that, it is the first product to be conceived, tested and validated completely in India by Maruti, without any intervention from the global Suzuki R&D team. The Brezza (codenamed YBA) was given as a challenge to Maruti. The development started way back in 2011 and it took the team just three and a half years to finish the project.
The sub-4m SUV has been teased by the company and is expected to go on sale by March 2016. From the teaser video it is clear that the exterior draws inspiration from the Vitara SUV, a product that is currently not sold in the domestic market.
It was expected that due to the resurgence of petrol engines, the Maruti Vitara Brezza would be available in petrol engine too. But, a report from the Economic Times state that initially the compact SUV will be offered only with a diesel engine. The unit in question is reportedly the same 1.3-litre DDiS mill found under the hood of the Suzuki Swift diesel hatchback; in that car it belts out 75 PS and 190 Nm of peak torque. The website further mentions that a 1.5-litre M-Series petrol engine will be bolted to the export-oriented models mentioning, specifically, the Indonesian market.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza will be sold through the automaker’s regular dealerships and not the premium Nexa chain. When launched, it will go head to head with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport and the recently-launched Mahindra TUV300.