All these years, Maruti Suzuki lacked just one thing inspite of earning the fan following of millions of Indians- a compact SUV. Even though an SUV Vitara was launched into the market long back, its heavy pricing and lack of a diesel variant kept it away from us Indians who had a general notion of opting any other brand instead of Maruti while planning for an expensive vehicle. But as they introduced the launch of a premium sedan Ciaz and a lifestyle hatchback Baleno retailed through its lifestyle showroom Nexa, the whole approach of people towards Maruti Suzuki changed. People came forward to buy expensive vehicles from the same brand they had ignored a couple of years ago.
At around the same time, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra KUV100 and Hyundai Creta too entered the market stirring the souls of many. Lo and behold! A new era of compact SUVs began there. Maruti Suzuki , the pioneer of Automobile industry in India could not just sit and watch. The company's research and development wing in India immediately set out to design one from their end too which resulted in the production of the stunning Vitara Brezza. This was one vehicle which was completely designed and produced in India. The huge welcome received on its unveiling at the Auto expo this year, was enough to predict the success of this compact SUV.
Vitara Brezza is based on Suzuki's Global C platform. Less than 4m in length , it has a monocoque body design and the body roll is relatively low and controlled at its rears. Brezza comes as a front wheel drive, an all wheel version is not to be expected in the near future.
Strikingly appealing at the first glance, Brezza holds a muscular stance throughout its profile. A large chrome grille with the Suzuki logo placed on its centre, touches both ends at the soft headlamps and highlight the width of this vehicle. The top end variants of Brezza comes with projector headlamps and DLRs (daytime running lights) along. Though it is designed with simple flowing lines across the body instead of huge bumpy contours as other SUVs, it does exhibit aggressive traces of an SUV on its bumper. With blackened fog lamps and a huge central air dam at the front ,the aluminum glazed scuff plates and a black cladding at the bottom that runs around the car makes the sides magnify its robustness.The black finish is evident on the A,B and C pillars where as the roof and D pillars sport its body color presenting a distinctive appeal to this compact SUV. Apart from this , customers are offered an option to customize their own vehicle by picking one of three accessory packages Urban, Glamour and Sporty to match their style. Large wheel arches with 16 inch tires at the top end variant and 15 inch at standard , and forward moving shoulder line gives it the sturdiness it demands.
Though its rear reminds us of the Scross at the first glance, it's slit tail lamps, integrated spoilers and the magnificent.Vitara Brezza inscribed on the chrome ornament plate, blackened bumpers with aluminum scuff plates all add to the distinct grand profile of an SUV. Tailgate opens wide enough to exhibit 328 litres of boot space and there is also provision to fold the rear seats at a 60:40 ratio so as to accommodate more luggage.
Here , the first thing that you notice is its elevated seating position. The all imposing black dashboard comes with a piano black finish at its center , few traces of aluminum around and is low levelled to provide good visibility for the driver. The plastic used through the interiors is not too good ,but decent enough for the price. The dashboard holds two glove boxes or glove cabinets as the company names it , of which one comes with a cooling option in the higher variants. Plenty of storage space is another attractive feature of its interiors ,with cupholders in the center console as well. Steering wheel and Power windows have been acquired from the Maruti Swift whereas the seat fabric , other switches and stuff have a distinct excellence of its own. The apple car play infotainment system spotted on the S cross is available in Vitara Brezza ZDi plus variant.
The instrument cluster has a unique cockpit design that's accompanied by mood lights of 5 colours to suit or elevate your senses. There is a gear indicator that points while shifting gears and stops you at the right gear. Brezza comes with ample cabin space and a generous amount of legroom that even the tall drivers feel very much at ease while driving. Push button start, reverse camera ,cruise control, auto headlight wipers, power folding mirrors, dual airbags, ABS etc are some very cool features of the top end variant while driver airbag comes as standard for all models. ABS and passenger airbags are optional and can be purchased for any variant. It also comes with powerful air conditioners and climate control system to tackle even the extreme of temperatures.
Brezza comes with a single engine option, a 1.3 L turbo Diesel multi jet . A DDiS 200 engine as the company states it, this engine produces 89 bhp of power at 4000rpm and 20.4 Kgm torque at 1750 rpm. Though it lags at lower rpm, midrange presents with an exhilarating performance leaving no room for disappointment. The drive gets exciting after 2000rpm all the way up to 5000rpm which clearly defines its position in the highway cruiser segment. Vitara Brezza has a very light clutch and steering wheel which lets you zip through the roads with complete ease. Brezza is fitted with gentle suspensions , McPherson Strut at the front and Torsion beam at the rear thereby promising a smooth ride throughout. The ground clearance is amazing at 198mm and NVH levels are kept controlled. This compact SUV touches 100kmph in approximately 12 seconds.
Maruti Suzuki has set the right foot on with its entry into the compact SUV market by the launch of Vitara Brezza. The vehicle which had been making waves even before its launch has proved an instant hit within days. The challenging price of Brezza ranging from 6.99 to 9.68 lakhs has already become a nightmare for its competitors. It is certain that the success of Vitara Brezza will be undoubtedly another golden feather on the hat of Maruti Suzuki who has been dominating the Indian automobile industry for more than two decades.