Maruti Suzuki finally makes their entry to the highly competitive compact SUV segment of Indian market with their first compact SUV offering Vitara Brezza today with the attractive price of Rs.6.99 Lakhs. The car was first unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016, and it was certainly one of the most popular models on display at the show. The rugged design, the powerful stance, it sports everything to wear the badge of a capable compact SUV. On the other hand in the sub-compact segment
Mahindra, the India’s largest SUV maker is also bringing their own offering in form of Nuvosport. Well, it is not a new car, but the facelift Quanto, which was a disastrous flop for the brand. Will the Nuvosport has the capability to challenge the Vitara Brezza? Time will answer the question. In the meantime, let’s check how these cars stand against each other.
Vitara Brezza vs Nuvosport Exterior and Styling:
Maruti Vitara Brezza sports an aggressive and menacing look. At exterior it gets features like vertically slated grille, sharp headlamps with LED daytime running lights, large honeycomb air dams, neat clamshell bonnet, silver skid plate, tapered roofline, muscular appearance, plastic body cladding, sporty roofline, chrome garnishing.
On the other hand the Mahindra Nuvosport sports a heavily revamped front fascia. It gets six vertical slats at the front grille, while the headlamps look sharp with eyebrow like LED daytime running lights above. The front bumper is also revamped, while the fascia sports a bit taller stance. The redesigned alloy wheels, side black body claddings give the car a bit rugged look. Although the body frame remains almost similar to the Quanto.
Dimensionally Vitara Brezza gets 3995 mm of length, 1790 mm of width, 1640 mm of height and 2500 mm of wheelbase. It gets a ground clearance of 198 mm and the boot space can afford 328 litres of cargo. The outgoing Quanto gets 3985 mm of length, 1850 mm of width, 1880 mm of height and 2760 mm of wheelbase. The ground clearance is 180 mm. Expect the figures to stay close in the Nuvosport.
Vitara Brezza vs Mahindra Nuvosport Interior and features:
The Maruti Vitara Brezza sports an appealing interior with multifunction steering wheel, stylish instrument cluster with digital display, a piano black finished centre console with touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system. It gets a rear parking camera with guidelines also. The car takes several design cues from Baleno and Swift.
The Mahindra Nuvosport on the other hand comes with several redesigned features inside the cabin. It will get a double DIN touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity which will be a segment first feature. It gets engine immobilizer, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel, height adjustable seats, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors and camera, speed sensing door lock, child safety lock and front seatbelt pre-tensioner with force limiter.
It will also get a driver side airbag as standard feature. As the car gets 2760 mm of wheelbase, which is 260 mm longer than Vitara Brezza, it is expected to deliver extra space and comfort to the rear occupants.
Vitara Brezza vs Mahindra Nuvosport Engine and transmission:
Initially, Maruti Vitara Brezza will be offered in petrol variants only. It will get a 1.3 litre DDiS MultiJet 200 engine under the hood which churns out around 90 PS peak power and 200 Nm peak torque. Transmission duty will be done by a five speed manual gearbox, while later it might get an AMT, with the petrol variant albeit. The car will offer a class leading fuel economy of 24.3 kmpl, which make it the most fuel efficient compact SUV of India.
Mahindra Nuvosport is expected to get power from the new 1.2 litre m-Hawk 100 petrol unit mated to a five speed manual transmission. The top spec version would get an AutoShift AMT. Presently the Mahindra Quanto draws power from a 1.5 litre DOHC turbo diesel engine, which produces around 101 PS peak power and 240 Nm peak torque. This engine is expected to be continued under the hood of Nuvosport, with tuning to deliver fuel economy of 16 kmpl although. On the other hand the diesel unit is expected to deliver 18-19 kmpl fuel economy.
Maruti Vitara Brezza is priced between Rs. 6.99 to 9.68 lakh, while the Mahindra Nuvosport would wear price tags ranging between Rs. 6.25 to 8.5 lakh.
Vitara Brezza vs Mahindra Nuvosport Comparison Verdict:
Although Mahindra has pushed further in making the Nuvosport more desirable than Quanto, but on the design and styling front, the Maruti Vitara Brezza definitely wins the game. The interior of the Vitara Brezza looks appealing, while it will be early to say anything about Nuvosport, as we are yet to see the interior of the car closely. The diesel only Vitara Brezza is likely to get a bit competition from Mahindra Nuvosport, while the prices are very close competing.
Nuvosport Image Source: Overdrive