Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine & Transmission

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview

Maruti may be king in the small car space, but what the carmaker’s line-up lacked was a compact SUV model. This all-new Vitara Brezza plugs that gap in India’s largest car manufacturer’s product mix. It’s an important product for another reason too – it is the first Maruti to be designed and developed entirely in India. Maruti insiders reiterate this is a model made in India, for India, and the 98 percent localisation level further underlines the point. The overwhelming initial interest in the car suggests Maruti has a winner on its hands, but let’s just zoom in a bit and see the Vitara Brezza for what it is.  Maruti Vitara Brezza price range in India is between 7,41,377/- to 9,92,657/- , check for detail pricing of Brezza in Carzprice

Built on Suzuki’s global C platform, the Vitara Brezza measures just under 4m in length. Like chief rival, the Ford EcoSport, the monocoque-bodied Vitara Brezza places its engine transversally and will be a front-wheel drive only; there is no provision for an all-wheel-drive system. While the last bit is unlikely to be a deterrent for buyers, what is sure to find universal appeal is the Vitara Brezza’s safe but robust design. Maruti designers wanted to capture the upright stance and look of a proper SUV within the small footprint and it must be said, they’ve succeeded to that end.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Exteriors

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is striking to look at when you first lay your eyes on it and this is because of the fact that Maruti’s styling studio have got it spot on when it comes to the way the Brezza is stanced. The first thing you really notice is how this sub 4-meter compact SUV appears to look much bigger than it actually is and how the front is angled in a way to make it look aggressive and appear much wider than it is.The front gets a very well designed and detailed chrome grille that joins the two headlamps together. The top of the line car that we have here gets daytime running lights and a projector headlamps setup. The front bumper is sporty and gets a large blacked out air dam which is well complemented by the silver skid plate. The fog lamp and the indicators are separate units and are get their own matte black surrounds.

Move to the sides and the plastic cladding dominates the lower half of the car along with the flared wheel arches. The top of the line car gets a set of 16-inch wheels with 215/60 R16 alloy wheels while the lower variants get 205/60 R16 steel wheels. The wheels though lack drama and are just too plain in terms of design for a car like the Brezza and the 16-inch gunmetal grey wheels from the Ciaz for example would have gone a long way in making the car look a lot sportier and more premium than it is now.

Coming to the roof, the floating roof design has elements of the Maruti Suzuki Swift in it and is possibly one of the most important styling features on the car as you could actually opt for a factory finished two tone paint option which we think makes the Brezza look a lot more cooler! The two tone paint options are only available on the ZDi+ variant and can be had in either red/black, blue/white or a yellow/white combination. Personally, we think that the blue/white combo looks the best of the lot. That said, the partition line on the inside of the bootlid could have been executed a lot better and although it does not show on the outside, it does linger on the back of your head. Sadly, the Brezza we drove was in a more subtle shade of silver without the two-tone treatment and although we would have loved the brighter blue or yellow, the silver should possibly outsell either of those colors by a considerable margin.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Interiors

The Brezza isn’t a very tall SUV, but the cabin is set at a comfortable height so getting in and out is easy. The seats are well shaped but the cushioning is a touch too soft and this can be uncomfortable over long distances. Up front, you get a excellent view out thanks to the low-set dashboard that is smart in its own right. The centre portion (that hosts the infotainment system) is nicely framed with a piano black plastic surround, which is a neat styling element. The silver highlights and glossy black plastics on the dash do add some colour, and what’s more, the instrument cluster also gets selectable colours for the backlighting. The dashboard is practical too and comes with twin gloveboxes (the upper one being cooled), and there’s a generous storage area in the console between the seats. Unlike the Baleno, the USB port is quite accessible (though still not lit) for iPhone users to connect to CarPlay.

There are, however, lots of bits shared with other Marutis, like the steering and power window switches from the first-generation Swift (our perennial beef with Maruti). The air con buttons are all new, but aren’t uniformly sized and curiously, the largest button here is that of the Auto AC mode.The overall cabin quality is good, but not great. Some of the plastics are nicely textured, but in the lower areas, the finish could have been better. What lifts the cabin to a good extent is the woven roof lining and plush seat fabrics that deliver an ambience that is more premium than other compact SUVs.Maruti designers we spoke to revealed balancing adequate boot space and a roomy cabin was a challenge. What’s nice is that space in the back is sufficient enough to seat three, and offers adequate knee room and plenty of headroom. The cabin width too is surprisingly good. Rear seat comfort is good and the inclusion of a fold-out centre armrest also helps here. And there’s a coat hook too.

The Brezza is available in six variants with top-end ZDi+ cars offered with Maruti’s SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment unit. The system supports Apple CarPlay, while Android compatibility is being worked on. Top-spec cars also get push button start, reverse camera, cruise control, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, power folding mirrors and dual airbags and ABS. A driver-side airbag is standard fit on the base LDi and VDi models, but buyers have the option to purchase a safety package that brings with it passenger-side airbag and anti-lock brakes. Commendably, the Brezza is already certified for offset and side impact norms that come into effect in India in 2017. However, the build quality feels a bit light. We would have preferred a bit more heft in the way the doors open and shut.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine & Gearbox

Under the Vitara Brezza’s hood lies the unassuming 4-cylinder 1248cc turbocharged diesel mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that’s the mainstay of the Maruti fleet. This engine serves several cars in their fleet and is a competent, efficient and relaxed performer. Making a max 90PS of power and a respectable 200Nm of max torque gives it the competency to handle any situation with a full load of passengers and luggage. There have been doubts voiced by several people as to the capability of this engine and I can now report that those doubts can be laid to rest. It however has its advantages and drawbacks.The advantages the Vitara Brezza’s engine offers are good fuel efficiency, as I write this, I achieved a fuel economy of 17.9kmpl on the highway driving at a steady 100kmph. Had I to drop this speed to an average 80kmph, that efficiency figure would have hiked north significantly, easily leading up to or at least close to Maruti’s claimed 24.3kmpl overall. I have yet to test the city mileage but I have no doubts it will be impressive.

Another advantage this engine has to offer is its refinement and strong mid range torque spread. There is little to no engine noise or vibration that you can feel inside the cabin at any speeds. The mid range torque spread is also another strong asset. However the Vitara Brezza does have a bit of a weak spot especially the low down torque and high rev grunt. What this results in are more gear changes as the loads on the engine increase.So while the Vitara Brezza will comfortably crawl in traffic in second and third gear, you will on occasion feel the need to shift down a gear and get back in the powerband, even though the max torque kicks in at 1,750rpm. You may also feel the need to downshift constantly on uphill sections where the engine does run out steam. In gear acceleration clearly indicates the strong mid range, though as you move into 5th gear the weak bottom is highly pronounced, better to overtake by simply shifting down a gear and let the torque surge sweep you past slower traffic.

The engine revs max out at 5,500rpm though the tachometer is redlined from 5,000rpm onwards. A light clutch pedal makes the driving experience much nicer and at no time do you feel like you need to ride the clutch to get the torque flowing.Overall though this diesel is smooth and effortless and the slick shift quality adds to the driving pleasure. The transmission is also what gives it respectably quick acceleration times – on my test runs it sped to a 100kmph in 13.8 seconds maxing out at a top speed of 169kmph with the speedo reading out around 175kmph. Braking is confident. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza comes to a halt from 100kmph in just 43 metres without any antics.For a 4-cylinder diesel lugging around close to 1360kgs, it’s competent. If you’re looking out for a more thrilling experience, as I mentioned earlier, shop for the Maruti Baleno.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Ride & Handling

Being a taller SUV, the Vitara Brezza will handle like one. That is exactly what we assumed about it till we actually put it through its paces. Of course, there is a fair bit of body roll but the suspension setup is on the stiffer side making the Brezza handle quite well for what is essentially a tall SUV. With only two people in the car, there is a lot of bouncing and skipping that comes along especially over undulated, bumpy or just the bad roads that we drive on daily here in India. This of course disappears when you have a full load of five people and a boot full of luggage. Ride for rear seat passengers is decent and the fact that the Brezza does not bounce around like some other SUVs in its market is a plus point. For information on contact details of Maruti car dealers in Hyderabad visit marutiprice.in

Continuing on the handling aspects a little more, the Brezza is quite similar to the Duster’s setup in many ways as both these SUVs love being chucked into a corner with a sense of confidence and not making a fuss while at it. Maruti has always made neutral handling cars and the Brezza based on Suzuki’s brand new global C-Platform (first car in India to get the new platform) is no different. There is just a hint of understeer when you take a corner fast but slightly lifting off the throttle usually gets the Brezza back in line.The Vitara Brezza gets disc brakes up front and drum brakes at the rear. All variants, from the cheapest to the most expensive get an ABS option which is something you must choose when buying your car. The brake feel itself is very positive and although the car does dip a little from the front under very heavy braking, there isn’t much drama on the whole which results in a good stopping distance. The 215/60 R16 tyres on the highest spec car does help too but the tyre noise and road rumble do filter into the cabin quite prominently.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety

A mere glance at the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza specifications would be enough to make you realize that there is no compromise on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Braking and Safety aspect. Each variant of this Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza model has ventilated brakes from the front wheels. At the same time, you have drum brakes for the rear wheels. The driver airbag is a common feature in all the variants with the higher variants having passenger airbags as well. The anti-lock braking system coupled with the electronic brake-force distribution in some of the higher variants makes this vehicle a very safe one. This makes Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza handling quite easy. The parking sensors are an additional attraction in the higher variants.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Price

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,41,377/- (Vitara Brezza LDI Optional) to 9,92,657/- (Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Bottomline

There is no denying the fact that the Vitara Brezza is a sure shot winner for Maruti Suzuki with a real possibility of it becoming its bread and butter product in the next few years. It has exciting and yet understated looks, a good interior that comes packed with gadgets and a good mechanical package. Negatives of course include the plastic quality which really needs to be improved and the fact that the NVH levels are just a tad bit too high for our liking. Although we were a bit skeptical about the Vitara Brezza, the car certainly has not disappointed in any form or measure and is certainly something we would strongly advice our readers to buy if you are looking for a new car around the Rs 10 lakh range. All said and done, you have to wonder, does that mid-size sedan or premium hatchback really make any sense anymore?

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