This is the next big thing Maruti Suzuki readying to expand its foot print in the Indian auto market. Known as Vitara Brezza, this is Maruti’s first compact SUV and third attempt to create space for itself in the SUV space, after the severe demise of Grand Vitara and XL 7. And surmising the growing share of the segment it’s target at and the overall styling it’s to offer, we hope this time Maruti will succeed to make a mark in the SUV space.
These images were captured by our good friend and car designer, Abhineet Kaushik, in Rajasthan when the test mule was resting in a hotel’s parking area along with two Balenos which, apparently, were acting as its support vehicles. Like a typical hatchback-on-steroids, the Vitara Brezza is a sub-4 meter vehicle pretending hard to appear like a SUV. But one thing here which is impressive is the Vitara Brezza still has quite a balanced design which neither looking over hyped nor excessively sedate. Thanks to minimal integration of curves and lines, the Vitara Brezza comes out quite straightforward which along with large dual-port front grille, thick pillars and flat bonnet will probably look sturdy enough, besides having perfect dose of modernity thanks to elements like projector headlamps, daytime running LEDs and dark alloy wheels.
As seen in the images, the Vitara Brezza features all-black theme inside the cabin. This would be the third Maruti, after S-Cross and Baleno, to have the same sort of interior theme in the recent time. As usual, the interior layout is not so distinctive to other Marutis as while the center console looking quite similar to that of the S-Cross, silver finish on door panels and dashboard is a reminiscent of the Swift’s cabin. In fact, presently, Maruti utilizing similar type of interior trims for most of its cars. That’s a downright disappointment, though. Other highlights of the cabin are front armrest, floor console with glass holders and automatic climate control. Instrument cluster comprising two dials with a LCD in between. A close watch on the dashboard reveals that this test mule is not having a touchscreen infotainment system, suggesting a more loaded variant is also on the list.
Talking about its mechanicals, the Maruti Vitara Brezza is a front-wheel drive vehicle built upon a monocoque frame. The interesting bit our little bird has told us is the Vitara Brezza will be offered only in diesel having 90 PS version of the 1.3-liter DDiS engine under its hood. It would come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and deliver a claimed mileage of around 25 kmpl. Neither automatic transmission nor all-wheel drive system is in discussion at this point in time.
Overall, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza appears to be coming up as a fresh package in the compact SUV segment in India. It has a good design, sufficient amount of equipment at its disposal and if the say about its under the hood part is true, it may manage to grab attention of prospective buyers of the Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300. A competitive price tag will make the package even more tempting.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.