Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5L SHVS petrol engine will likely produce 104.7 PS maximum power and 138 Nm of torque
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) shook the industry when the announcement came out saying it would phase out all of its diesel engines ahead of March 31, 2020 deadline for the more stringent BSVI emission standards. Brands like Mahindra and Tata are bidding adieu to their small capacity diesel units while companies like Ford and Hyundai do see the potential in them and they will continue selling their popular oil-burners in the segments where demand can be seen.
The leading carmaker in the country has already been reacting to the upcoming regulation changes and introduced the Alto 800 with BSVI compliant 796 cc engine a while ago and the Baleno received a newly developed 1.2-litre DualJet BSVI petrol accompanying the existing 1.2-litre VVT motor with similar compliance.
The facelifted Ciaz arrived in August 2018 saw the debut of a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder K15B petrol engine with SHVS technology. The same engine developing 104.7 PS and 138 Nm made its way into the second generation Ertiga in November 2018. It is a commonly known fact that the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced DDiS diesel engines won’t be upgraded to BSVI norms and thus a replacement has to be definitely made.
The Vitara Brezza, which is sold only with the DDiS 1.3-litre diesel mated to either a five-speed manual or an AMT, is a big casualty. But, the soon arriving facelift will have all the answers to fix the final pieces in the puzzle. In an exclusive report, we can divulge that Maruti Suzuki will up the premium factor of the Vitara Brezza with the help of the mid-life update.
It will get upmarket features like a sunroof and curtain airbags (4 Airbags). The Vitara Brezza currently offers dual front airbags and the inclusion of curtain airbags will up the safety quotient by a big margin as the top-end variants of the facelift may offer as much as four airbags. The Global C platform based Vitara Brezza was awarded four stars in Global NCAP crash tests several months ago.
The sub-four-metre SUV is expected to get Suzuki Connect technology for accessing features related to vehicle tracking along with driver behaviour analysis, live vehicle status, vehicle alerts, emergency alerts, etc. The facelift will likely get 1.5-litre K15B SHVS petrol or the 1.2-litre K12N DualJet petrol found in the Baleno upon arrival with manual and automatic transmission choices.