Maruti Suzuki has made some subtle updates to its popular Brezza compact SUV. The changes are primarily related to the features and powertrain of the vehicle.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza: what’s changed?
In terms of features, the most notable update is the inclusion of seat-belt reminders for all passengers. Unlike before, where the reminder was limited to the front seats, the new Brezza now ensures that all occupants receive the seat-belt reminder, even if all seats are not occupied. This enhancement aligns with the safety standards seen in newer Maruti models such as the Fronx and Jimny.
However, it’s important to mention that a few safety features have been removed from the CNG variants of the Brezza. The electronic stability program (ESP) and hill-hold assist are no longer available in these models. This means that buyers of the CNG variants will have to forgo these features, which might affect their decision-making process.
On the positive side, the rest of the features list remains unchanged and impressive. The Brezza continues to offer a host of desirable features, including a 360-degree camera, heads-up display, up to six airbags, a 9-inch SmartPlay Pro+ touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an Arkamys-tuned speaker system, wireless charging, and a single-pane sunroof.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza powertrain
In terms of powertrain, there has been a change for the manual gearbox-equipped versions of the Brezza. Maruti Suzuki has decided to remove the mild-hybrid technology from these variants. However, the automatic version of the Brezza retains the mild-hybrid tech, and the CNG version never had it in the first place.
The Brezza is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, delivering 103hp and 137Nm of torque. The CNG variant uses the same engine but produces 87.8hp and 121.5Nm of torque in CNG mode, and 100.6hp and 136Nm of torque in petrol mode. While the CNG version only offers a 5-speed manual gearbox, the petrol version also provides a 6-speed automatic transmission.
One important consideration for potential buyers is the change in fuel efficiency due to the removal of the mild-hybrid tech in the manual version. Previously, the Brezza manual achieved a fuel efficiency of up to 20.15kpl (depending on the variant). However, with the mild-hybrid tech removed, the fuel efficiency has decreased to 17.38kpl, resulting in a reduction of up to 2.77kpl.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza price, rivals
Despite the changes to the features and powertrain, the pricing of the Brezza remains unchanged. It still starts at Rs 8.29 lakh for the LXI MT variant and goes up to Rs 13.98 lakh for the ZXi+ At variant. The Brezza continues to face tough competition in the compact SUV segment, with rivals such as the Maruti Suzuki Fronx, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Renault Kiger, and Nissan Magnite vying for market share.
Overall, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza remains a competitive offering in the compact SUV segment, with some feature updates and powertrain changes that potential buyers should consider based on their preferences and requirements.