Maruti Suzuki has refreshed their midsize SUV in India, the Brezza. Apart from updates to the feature set and looks, the word “Vitara” has now been dropped from the name.
Read along to see what’s new.
Design changes in the new Brezza:
The design front is where a majority of the changes are. Although still based on the same platform as the outgoing model, the Brezza gets the usual facelift treatment.
At the front, MS has put a sportier looking raised front hood. A new gunmetal finished front grille is flanked by a pair of dual LED projector headlamps with some fresh looking DRLs. Lower down the Brezza also gets a skid plate this time around.
On the side, a new alloy wheel design can be seen. Plastic body cladding is present all over the wheel arches and sills to aid in the sporty feel of the Brezza. There is also an option for dual tone colours as before, along with silver roof rails. Maruti Suzuki has also given a subtle touch here with colour-coordinated shark fin antennae.
At the rear, it’s basic facelift affair with a new and unique looking tail-lamp setup. In between them, the “Vitara Brezza” branding on a silver garnish now gets replaced with just the “Brezza” branding on a body coloured panel.
On the inside, it’s a completely new order of business. One is greeted to a honeycomb patterned dual tone black-brown dashboard and interior setup. A 22.86cm floating infotainment screen now replaces the integrated system of the outgoing model. Albeit slightly bigger, the driver’s display is still not fully digital, unlike its competitors. The new SUV-wannabe also gets a host of connected car features in the form of “Suzuki Connect”. The steering wheel gets the flat bottom treatment along with a coloured head-up display. Lower down, the Brezza gets a wireless phone charger as well.
The rear seats are now graced with the all-important sunroof. Maruti Suzuki claims these seats are wider than the older Vitara, thus more comfortable on long drives. Rear seats now also get ac vents for added comfort.
One of the biggest updates to the feature set of the Brezza is the addition of a 360-degree camera system. None can emphasise enough how important this is in any vehicle these days.
The Brezza is now powered by a new K-series 1.5L petrol engine, making a measly 100bhp and 136Nm of torque. The fire breather comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmissions with paddle shifters (not that you’ll be using them much anyways). It is complemented with a Smart Hybrid system that MS claims to enhance driving performance, fuel efficiency and emission control. And no, of course there is not a diesel option.
Speaking of fuel efficiency, the Brezza gets a claimed rating of 20.15 km/l on the lower variants.
Safety has never been MS’s forte, but the company claims they have taken strides towards it.
On paper, the Brezza gets 6 airbags (but only on the top end ZXi+ variant; rest get 2), ESP with hill Hold Assist standard across all variants. Variant wise there is also a distribution of other safety features like reverse parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors and others.
But we all know these features do little to make sure these cars are really safe. Especially in this case with just 2 airbags in the majority of variants.
Prices and Competition of the Brezza:
The new Brezza starts from INR 7.99Lakhs (ex, showroom, New Delhi) and going up to INR 13.96Lakhs for the ZXi Dual Tone variant. The variant wise breakup is as follows:
The Brezza goes up against the hotly contested small SUV space in the Indian market. Immediate competition consists of namely the Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, the upcoming Urban Cruiser facelift and a few others.