Maruti Suzuki is all set to give a mild update to the Vitara Brezza soon. The details of the updated model have been leaked ahead of official reveal and here’s everything we know.
[Update 9/05/2018]: The Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT has been launched at a starting price of Rs 8.54 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The automatic transmission is available from the VDI variant onwards. More details: Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT Launched
The biggest update to the model comes in the form of an optional AMT (automated manual transmission) with the diesel engine, which has been carried forward as is. This will be the first time that Maruti will offer an AMT with the DDiS200, which is the more powerful version of the 1.3-litre diesel engine. The DDiS190, a lower tune of the 1.3-litre diesel engine, is already available with an AMT on cars like the Swift, Dzire and the Ignis.
The 1.3-litre DDiS200 diesel engine delivers 90PS of power and 200Nm of torque. It will continue to be offered with a 5-speed manual transmission with the option of an AMT available on all variants except the base-spec. Apart from that, ABS and dual front airbags will now be standard across the Brezza range.
There isn’t any drastic cosmetic change to its front or rear. The Brezza now gets chrome garnish on the front grille and the boot door handle (earlier it was body coloured on lower variants) on all variants. Maruti Suzuki has also opted to leave out the variant badging at the rear in the Brezza, like on the Swift. Rear parking sensors have also been added to the list of standard features.
The carmaker has replaced the blue shade of the current Brezza with a new orange colour, which is offered with the Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport as well. This colour was first showcased by Maruti Suzuki at the unveil of the Brezza at the 2016 Auto Expo. Also, the grey alloys of the Zdi and Zdi+ have been swapped with black ones.
The 2018 Maruti Vitara Brezza will continue to get an all-black upholstery on the inside besides regular features such as auto AC, two-pod instrument cluster with mood lighting and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in the top variant.
Tata’s recently launched Nexon automatic also offers a diesel engine with an AMT gearbox. It is priced at Rs 9.41 lakh for the top-of-the-line XZA+ variant, the only variant in which it is available. Prices of the Brezza currently start from Rs 7.28 lakh and go up to Rs 9.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Expect a marginal increase in the prices of the manual transmission-equipped variants, while the AMT variants are expected to cost around Rs 40,000 more than their manual counterparts.