New Vitara Brezza Petrol Launch Could Happen soon as the manufacturer wants to push out diesels
The Vitara Brezza has been Maruti Suzuki’s successful offering in the compact SUV segment. When it was launched back in March 2016, 50,000 units were already sold in just seven months and as of July 2017, Suzuki managed to sell 1.45 lac Brezza’s across the country, that too without including petrol or automatic variants. Suzuki now plans to launch a petrol variant to strengthen the Vitara Brezza’s already impressive proposition.
According to Maruti Suzuki, this move will make sure that the Brezza appeals to a wider audience. The Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol was scheduled to launch by the end of 2017, however due to the SUV’s strong demand and already existing long waiting period meant Suzuki first had to clear the old stock and then make way for its petrol sibling.
The good news is that 2018 could likely see the launch of this petrol variant. As per recent news, the Brezza could be powered by either of the two engines – the 1L Boosterjet petrol which also does duty in the Baleno RS and the new 1.2 litre dual jet naturally aspirated, the spiritual successor the current 1.2 K-Series. The Boosterjet unit, however, has to be imported which may push the costs high up. Being a petrol car it will be cheaper than its diesel siblings by around INR 50,000 – 100,000 depending on the variant as BSVI diesel will be far more expensive.
When launched the Vitara Brezza Petrol will go head to head against the Ford Ecosport Petrol, the Tata Nexon Petrol, Mahindra XUV 300 petrol and the Honda WR-V Petrol. The Petrol Brezza will be identical to its diesel sibling when it comes to looks and features except for the petrol badging on the boot lid. The reports suggest that Suzuki is betting big on the 1L Boosterjet because they feel that the motor’s flexible nature and ample torque output will suit the SUV’s characteristics. The Boosterjet engine is rated at 100 hp and 150 Nm of torque. It will be paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox when launched and will dish out an estimated fuel efficiency of around 20-21 kmpl.