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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is one of the most popular compact-SUVs on the market. With a starting price of Rs 7.28 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi), the Vitara Brezza is offered only in a diesel format. The 1.3-litre DDiS engine makes 89bhp and 200Nm of torque while also returning a good fuel-efficiency of 24.3km/l (ARAI).
Though the Brezza diesel is a decent performer for its price and dimensions, many are still waiting for a petrol-powered variant of the compact-SUV. In fact, its competition which includes the Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V and Tata Nexon, come with a petrol variant.
The Vitara Brezza is a good-looking product from Maruti Suzuki and comes with all the essential features and equipment on the inside. The newly-introduced Vitara Brezza AMT is getting a good response on the market and comes with some new colour schemes and blacked-out elements.
Interior space is not that bad for its sub-four-metre real estate and the Brezza offers decent headroom too. The compact dimensions and high ground clearance further make it an ideal choice for Indian roads.
If a petrol variant of the Maruti Brezza is launched, it is likely to come powered by the 1.2-litre VVT unit which powers various other Maruti products, including the Swift. The engine makes 82bhp and 113Nm of torque (the current diesel unit is also the same as on the Maruti Swift, but retuned). The transmission would be the same 5-speed manual or 'AGS' AMT.
Some rumours suggest that the Brezza petrol will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol powertrain which also features a mild-hybrid technology – the same unit as on the facelifted Maruti Ciaz.
Possibilities for the Brezza petrol to come with the 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet engine which powers the Baleno RS, are also not bleak. This powertrain, in combination with the light body, would make the Maruti Vitara Brezza a fun-to-drive performer.
The petrol avatars of the Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport (S variant) come with turbocharged units that showcase good performance. Hence, the Boosterjet engine should be the more ideal choice for the Brezza petrol.
The Maruti Brezza currently comes in a front-wheel-drive format. Although chances are very much low, an all-wheel-drive Brezza would be certainly interesting and could be sold as a premium product from Maruti Suzuki. It will also be the only all-wheel-drive product from the brand. Meanwhile, Ford has started testing the all-wheel-drive variant of their EcoSport crossover, on Indian roads.
To sum up, the Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol variant is something which the majority of the market desires to have. The petrol-powered Brezza probably won't sell as much as the diesel variant, but the rising demand for petrol cars in the country would gain it some sales figures.
Regarding its launch, we expect it to happen in the last quarter of this year.
Thoughts On A Possible Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol
As mentioned before, Maruti Suzuki has not shared anything regarding a petrol-powered Vitara Brezza. However, an updated version of the Vitara Brezza was recently spotted; black alloy wheels being the only distinct visual change. If the brand aims to introduce a petrol variant of the compact-SUV, it should happen with this new version. What do you think? Should Maruti sell a petrol-powered Vitara Brezza? Do let us know!