The Brezza has received very positive feedback among the Indian community. It is a small SUV that combines the practicality of hatchbacks along with the convenience of a SUV. It is an almost perfect vehicle for the average Indian and doesn’t cost an arm and leg to keep it going on the road. The Brezza has been in production for quite some time now and as industry norms suggest it’s time to get a midterm facelift.
On the face of the, the 2018 Brezza might not appear radically different from the current model. Most of the changes that were revealed were quite subtle and in all probability come with only minor cosmetic differences as compared to the previous model. What is new however is that Suzuki is all set to introduce their new 1.5L petrol engine, details of which are still not available to the press or public? This new engine will in all certainty replace the current generation K14B VVT 1.4L petrol engine that is currently used other products of the Suzuki line-up, such as the Baleno, Ciaz and the current generation Brezza. This new engine is also designed to run with Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS), which aims to boost fuel efficiency and lower emissions, especially considering that the Indian Govt. has ordered manufacturers to make their cars BS6 compliant.
Speaking of BS6 norms, it is still unclear as to whether this new engine is compliant with the new emission norms out of the gate but in all certainty, it could very well be tuned to meet regulations.
Coming back to the Brezza, it might be launched with a new AMT gearbox or a 5 speed manual transmission. However, the same 1.5L engine that is present across the range might be tuned differently for different products. Initially the Brezza was supposed to come with the very capable 3 cylinder turbocharged Suzuki BoosterJet engine that produces 100bhp and 150nm of torque. That engine is currently used in the company’s Baleno RS hot hatch, so it was a bit sad to see this being thrown off the rumour mill as more power is never a bad thing. Suzuki might have dropped it owing to the higher than running costs but it cannot be said for sure.
Suzuki could also launch the Brezza with a whole new set of customisations, as the Brezza is one of the few vehicles that you could drive off the showroom with customisations of your choice. This is strictly speculation though but a worthy inclusion nonetheless.
The new Maruti Brezza Petrol will probably carry a slightly higher price tag than its predecessor owing to the development costs that went in the engine. So in all certainty, Suzuki might give huge discounts on the current generation Vitata Brezza Petrol, to send them off the showrooms before the new variant come in. The Brezza is easily the most popular mini SUV in India and it has a tough battle ahead as other manufacturers line up to launch their own affordable Mini SUV’s.