Maruti Suzuki was previously said to launch the Vitara Brezza petrol this festive season. Now, Autocar India reports that the launch has been postponed to February 2020, the month when Auto Expo 2020 will be held.
Ever since its launch in March 2016, the Maruti Vitara Brezza has been sold with only the D13A 1.3L diesel engine. This engine, offered without mild-hybrid tech, produces 66 kW (89.74 PS) at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. It won’t be relevant in our market beyond March 2020 because it won’t be upgraded to BS-VI. The E15A 1.5L diesel engine isn’t planned to get the BS-VI upgrade either, leaving no choice for the small SUV but to switch to petrol.
The latest report suggests that Maruti Suzuki will introduce a petrol engine option in the Vitara Brezza along with its mid-life update, and what better stage than the biennial Auto Expo to do the same. The petrol engine will be the K15B 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit currently on duty in the Ciaz and the Ertiga in our market. Expect it to come in the tuning of 77 kW (104.69 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm. 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic will be the transmission choices available with this engine.
In addition to a refreshed design and a petrol engine, the 2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza will have more equipment on offer. Reports say that unlike the old model, the facelifted will feature four airbags and a sunroof as well. Expect the Smartplay infotainment system to be replaced by the Smartplay Studio unit with the mid-life update.