Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will be the first Made in India product from the automaker and will be unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo while the sales will begin after a few weeks.
The compact SUV segment is rapidly developing with new launches like the Hyundai Creta and Mahindra TUV300, however Maruti Suzuki does not have a competitor in its lineup. But not for too long, India’s largest automaker is geared up to launch the Vitara Brezza at the 2016 Auto Expo. The compact SUV will be the first engineered in India product from the manufacturer and also the first vehicle to be developed by an Indian team led by CV Raman with no inputs from the global team.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza was given as a challenge to the Indian R&D team from Maruti to be developed without any help from the global team and the project took 3.5 years to be completed after it was assigned in mid-2011 which is in-line with the time taken by the global team to develop a new vehicle. All the decisions regarding the compact SUV were taken by the Indian team which usually has to work with the global team. Right from sketching to testing and validating, everything is done by the Indian team.
The new Vitara Brezza is based on a completely new platform and is inspired by the XA Alpha concept that was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo. The compact SUV is designed according to Maruti’s new design language with square wheel arches and short overhangs and will look similar to the premium SUV, Grand Vitara. The front fascia looks aggressive and suits the bulky character of the car with projector headlamps along with rectangle turn indicators placed above the fog lamps which is rarely seen these days.
Coming to the interior of the new Maruti Vitara Brezza, it will be a clutter-free layout. Spy shots reveal that it will get a piano black treatment similar to the S-Cross and Baleno and the instrument console will have two analog dials with a LCD screen in the center. The center console has the infotainment system and climate control buttons similar to the S-Cross and the gear-stick seems to be borrowed from the Baleno. The new compact SUV will borrow the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine from the Ciaz. These engines will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission while a CVT variant is also expected.