Maruti Vitara Brezza 1.0 litre BoosterJet petrol in consideration, Expected launch during 2016 festive season
Maruti-Suzuki launched their first compact SUV venture Vitara Brezza on 8th March. Just within 48 hours it received more than 5600 bookings. Although there was no good news for petrol lovers, but now it seems they have their time to rejoice. Maruti-Suzuki might launch the Vitara Brezza petrol variant during the festive season this year.
Powering the car will be a 1.0 litre Boosterjet petrol engine under the hood, which will undoubtedly enhance the appeal of the car. Expect the petrol variant to be pricier than the diesel variant, which gets power from the 1.3 litre engine. The higher price tag will be there because the company will initially import the Boosterjet engine instead of manufacturing it India. Why? To match the economies of scale Maruti-Suzuki will have to produce around 1 lakh petrol engines per annum.
Now India’s most popular automaker doesn’t think there will such massive demand for the petrol variant, as we Indians generally opt for diesel cars. Therefore they want to take the wait and watch policy initially. Later, if the demand rises, they will manufacture it locally. Gradually the prices may get reduced.
Now the question remains, why the 1.0 litre Boosterjet instead of the 1.2 litre petrol unit from Swift or Baleno? Here, the theory is being a compact SUV Vitara Brezza demands more torque than a hatchback. The 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine will produce around 170 Nm of torque, while the 1.2 litre unit will pump out only 115 Nm.
Presently the Vitara Brezza is available in only diesel variants with a 1.3 litre unit mated to a five speed manual transmission, producing 90 PS peak power and 200 Nm peak torque. The 24.3 kmpl of fuel economy makes it the most fuel efficient compact SUV of India. It is available in six trims with a starting price of Rs. 6.99 lakh, while the top trim comes at Rs. 9.68 lakh.