2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza gets notable cosmetic updates and a new BSVI compliant 1.5-litre SHVS petrol engine
Ever since its debut in early 2016 at the Auto Expo, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has made a certain impact in the compact SUV segment. After dethroning the then benchmark Ford EcoSport, the sub-four-mete SUV continued its dominance and stayed at the top of the sales charts for long. It regularly became the most sold SUV in the country on monthly basis as well.
However, with almost four years into its reign, Maruti Suzuki definitely needed a substantial update to the five-seater, as the competition has risen to newer heights. The Hyundai Venue with in-car connectivity based features and a wide powertrain choice has already beaten the Vitara Brezza in sales quite a few times last year and the battle between them for supremacy will rage on in 2020.
The first comprehensive facelift of the Vitara Brezza has finally showed its face officially at the 2020 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. The front fascia has become busier ditching the clean sense of design the SUV possesses. The redesigned projector headlamps now get integrated LED Daytime Running Lights.
The front grille looks more dynamic with excessive use of chrome in two layers and they house the Suzuki badge. The round-shaped fog lamps are positioned in a black enclosure while the central intake and faux skid plate are other visual highlights. Nothing much changes on the sides though except for the addition of newly designed 16-inch twin-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels.
The dual-tone exterior theme of the Vitara Brezza has been carried forward and the interior will gain updated 17.78 cm SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and it now connected to a cloud for enabling live traffic navigation, vehicle alerts, and access to curated online content.
Automatic rain sensing wipers and cruise control are some of the technologies onboard while dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belt reminder, rear parking assist and sensors, as well as high speed warning alert are standard safety features. The biggest update lies underneath the bonnet as the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ditches the tried-and-tested 1.3-litre DDiS 200 four-cylinder diesel engine.
It produced 90 PS and 200 Nm. The new 1.5-litre K15B SHVS four-cylinder petrol engine, on the other hand, is more powerful and it has been updated to meet BSVI compliance. The same unit can be found in the Ertiga and XL6 as well, and it delivers 104.7 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. It is mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Maruti Suzuki says the ‘next generation’ SHVS system comprises of Lithium-ion battery and hill hold assist. The dual battery setup is claimed to offer improved fuel economy, idle start-stop, torque assist functions and brake energy regeneration. Additionally, the facelifted Vitara Brezza gets enhanced personalisation packages – Urban and Sporty – with new options like roof extension, side step and body garnishes.
Sizzling Red with midnight Black roof, Torque Blue with midnight Black roof and Granite Grey with Autumn Orange roof are the three colour options that will be made available with the updated version. The Vitara Brezza has been the fastest in the SUV segment to reach five lakh unit sales and Maruti Suzuki says 47 per cent of the customers buy the compact model because of its design. Would you agree?