Maruti Vitara Brezza to soon receive a petrol-sipping heart - Report

23/04/2019 - 10:49 | ,   | Prashant Singh

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.

2018 Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT action shot
First launched in February 2016, the Maruti Vitara Brezza has been available exclusively with a diesel engine option. That said, some cosmetic updates and a petrol heart seem to be on the anvil.

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.

2018 Maruti Vitara Brezza AMT front angle
Other than gaining the K15B petrol unit, the sub-4-metre SUV should even switch from the Fiat-sourced D13A 1.3-litre diesel engine to the in-house-developed E15A 1.5-litre oil burner.

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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.


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