The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the ruling model of the entire compact SUV market of India. The Vitara Brezza is a sub-4 meter compact SUV, but has been dominating both the subcompact as well as compact SUV segments of the country with its sheer sales volumes. And this is despite the fact that the Vitara Brezza is still a diesel-only model powered by a single motor option, while all its market rivals are available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version of the Vitara Brezza has been anticipated for quite long now, but is yet to launch. Now, the Indo-Japanese auto major is finally said to be bringing in the petrol Vitara Brezza soon this year.
The news of the impending arrival of the Vitara Brezza petrol version came in the wake of the recent announcement of Maruti Suzuki about stopping the sales of all diesel models from the 1st of April 2020, when the BSVI emission norms will come into effect in India. Thus, as the all-diesel Vitara Brezza will be phased out, the petrol avatar of this bestselling model will be picking up the mantle.
The launch of the Vitara Brezza petrol is speculated to have been expedited to this year due to rising competition in the Indian subcompact SUV segment. Similar to the soon to launch Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV, the Brezza is also expected to be coming with two petrol engine options, in order to keep dominating the segment. Obviously, the engines will be BS-VI compliant and should offer great fuel efficiency.
Among these, the new 1.5L petrol mill would be the same that does the duty under the hoods of the new Ciaz and the Ertiga. This engine will be paired to a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission option.
On the other hand, the 1.2L mill is also expected to be a new one. As per the latest reports, instead of the existing K12B 1.2L petrol unit, the Vitara Brezza will be equipped with a new 1.2L K12C DualJet petrol engine that will debut under the hood of the new Baleno premium hatchback. This engine will be mated to a new 5-speed manual transmission.
Moreover, the Vitara Brezza petrol is also expected to be endowed with Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid technology. This would make the SUV even more environment-friendly with reduced emissions and bumped up fuel economy. Then again, the Brezza is also likely to get the company’s torque-assist function to beat the market competition in terms of performance.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol is expected to be an around a good Rs. 1 lakh cheaper than the current diesel model, and is likely to be the cheapest in the segment.
Post its launch, the Vitara Brezza petrol will continue fighting with the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, Mahindra TUV300 and the soon to launch Hyundai Venue.