Last month, it was reported that the facelifted Maruti Vitara Brezza is close to its commercial launch. Citing unnamed sources, Autocar now states that the top-selling sub-4-metre SUV is close to receiving a petrol engine option.
It is being said that the Maruti Vitara Brezza will soon receive the K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine that debuted on the 2018 Ciaz (facelift) and is even available on the latest-gen Maruti Ertiga. Reportedly, the gasoline-burner will be aided by the second-gen Smart Hybrid System, which comes with an integrated starter generator and a dual battery setup.
Initially, the transmission duties on the setup will be undertaken by a 5-speed manual gearbox while the company is said to have plans of introducing a 4-speed automatic transmission at a later stage.
Additionally, Maruti Suzuki is even said to be in the process of adding another diesel engine option in the form of an E15A 1.5-litre diesel motor that recently made its debut on the Ciaz. The new oil-burner will be initially available in a BS-VI-ready guise. Eventually, the company will replace the D13A 1.3-litre oil-burner with its ingeniously-developed motor owing to the former's inability to attain BS-VI-compliance.
In a related development, it has recently come to light that the Toyota-badged Vitara Brezza will be based on the next generation model, whose production will commence at Toyota Kirloskar Motor's Karnataka-based plant in 2022. It's noteworthy that in March last year, it was announced that Suzuki will supply the Vitara Brezza to Toyota for sale by the latter.