Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol India launch in May 2017
According to recent media reports, the Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol will be launched in India in the month of May, next year. The Vitara Brezza is the most recent product from the country’s biggest automaker and is a direct competitor to Ford`s Ecosport. It is currently available only with a diesel engine option. A petrol engine is expected to make the Vitara a bit more accessible for people on a tight budget and limited monthly running.
Currently, the Vitara Brezza is powered by a 1.3-litre DDiS engine which is plonked in the 90 PS tune. This is the same engine that powers the Maruti Ertiga and the Ciaz. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The decision to launch the Brezza only with a diesel engine was taken due to the fact that diesels are the primary choice of UV customers.
However, the Indian market has suddenly seen a huge inclination towards petrol powered cars. This was fuelled by the declining price gap between petrol and diesel costs, and the air of uncertainty over diesel vehicles after the ban in Delhi and NCR.
As a result, Maruti has now decided to bring in a petrol variant of the Vitara Brezza. Interestingly, new reports also suggest that Maruti might equip the Vitara Petrol with an all-new 1.5-litre engine, which is rumored to be introduced next year in the S-Cross and the Ciaz. Another option is the 1.0-litre BoosterJEt engine, which will soon make its Indian debut under the Suzuki Baleno RS.
Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol – Why is it necessary?
There is no doubt about the fact that the Indian car market has been inclined towards diesel cars from the last 10 years. This trend has specially been predominant in the SUV marketplace. But over the last year, various factors like the infamous NGT Diesel car ban in Delhi-NCR and the dropping fuel price difference in petrol and diesel prices have changes customer preferences in the market. This has prompted various automakers to introduce petrol variants of their diesel-only models. And with Maruti Suzuki, a petrol Vitara Brezza will enhance the car’s appeal as well as target audience.
Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol Launch in India
Though the automaker hasn’t yet announced the exact Vitara Brezza Petrol launch date, it will most probably be launched in the month of May next year.
Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol Price in India (Expected)
The most interesting parameter in this launch will be the Vitara Brezza Petrol prices. In the 6-8 lakh price band, Maruti currently has four best-sellers: the Vitara Brezza, Baleno, Swift and DZire. Keeping in mind that petrol variants are generally cheaper than diesel variants, the Vitara Brezza petrol would have started at Rs. 6 lakh rupees. This would have impacted sales of the Swift, DZire as well as the Baleno. As a result, the Japanese automaker has played it very cleverly by equipping the Vitara Brezza with an expensive and high performing BoosterJet engine, rather than the regular K Series engines found in the other three cars. This means that the Vitara Brezza petrol prices in India will start at a slightly higher price tag, thus making in enough room for the other cars of the stable.
We at MotorCruze expect the Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol prices to start from Rs. 7 lakh for the base variant and go to 9 lakh for the top-end trim (Both these prices are ex-showroom).
|Variant||Expected Price (Ex-Showroom)
|Base Model||Rs 7 lakh
|Top Model||Rs 9 lakh
Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol Specifications
As mentioned above, the Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol Specifications sheet will be quite different to other petrol cars in the automaker’s portfolio. The Vitara petrol in India will be powered by Suzuki’s new 1.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 110 BHP and 170 Nm of peak torque. The powerplant will be mated to the company’s standard 5-speed manual gearbox. This engine is the same power plant that will debut in the Indian market under the hood of the performance oriented version of the Baleno premium hatchback, named the Baleno RS. The Baleno RS will be launched in India during this year’s festive season. This will give enough time to Maruti Suzuki to judge the market response for the new BoosterJet petrol engine, and thus tune the Vitara Brezza petrol engine accordingly, to churn out the optimum combination of performance and efficiency.
|Engine||1.0-litre Boosterjet Petrol
There is no official statement regarding it, but we do hope that Maruti Suzuki introduce an automatic variant of the Vitara Brezza as well, either in the petrol or in the diesel guise.
Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol mileage (Expected)
We Indian are in love with our fuel economy figures of our cars. And Maruti Suzuki knows it to the core. Remember the Kitna Deti Hai advertisement campaign? It was Maruti’s take on India’s fuel economy love. Hence, the automaker knows how important the Vitara Brezza mileage can be for the product to be successful. And with the 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine onboard, the Vitara Brezza is expected to extract segment best fuel economy figures, as well as best combination of performance and mileage. The ARAI figure of Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol mileage will likely hover around the 20 kmpl mark.