According to a report authored by Avishek B of BW Businessworld, MSIL will introduce diesel AMT or petrol CVT variants of the Maruti Vitara Brezza this festive season. Currently, the compact SUV is offered with a 1.3 L DDiS diesel mated to a 5-speed manual.
The report cites a source close to the company claiming the advent of the Tata Nexon has prompted MSIL to evaluate the launch of new variants to maintain the buzz around the Vitara Brezza. The report adds that the waiting period for the Maruti Vitara Brezza has come down from 4-5 months to just 15 days. MSIL, according to the report, has increased production of the Vitara Brezza following the commissioning of Suzuki's Gujarat plant, which explains the drop in waiting.
The report claims that the diesel automatic variants will get a 5-speed AMT. A petrol automatic with a CVT is also on the cards. However, it may be noted that MSIL currently does not offer the Vitara Brezza with a petrol engine. Rumours surrounding the launch of Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol have been doing the rounds since the launch. The compact SUV is reported to receive either the 1.0 L Boosterjet engine from the Baleno RS or the Ciaz's 1.4 L K14 engine. Only the former would qualify it for the lower excise.
In August it emerged that MSIL was sitting on a massive order backlog of 1.5 lakh units with the Vitara Brezza accounting for a significant chunk of that number.
[source - BW Businessworld]