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  • Auto Expo 2016: Maruti showcases Vitara Brezza (now launched)

    UPDATE (09/03): The Maruti Vitara Brezza has been launched at a starting price of Rs. 6.99 lakh. For full details of the variants and pricing of the Brezza CLICK HERE.
    Maruti first showcased the Vitara Brezza at the Auto Expo 2016. This compact SUV competes with the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV300. More importantly, it also falls in the same price band at the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, which will put quite a few buyers in a dilemma now - should you buy a Brezza or a Baleno? We've got a comparison HERE that can help you with that. The Auto Expo had just an unveiling of the Brezza. Many dealers started taking bookings with deposits of around Rs. 20,000 for the Vitara Brezza unofficially, when actually official bookings opened on March 8. Within a day of the launch, the Brezza already reported about 2,600 bookings. Deliveries of the Brezza will start only on March 21. Here is the FIRST DRIVE REVIEW of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
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    The Maruti Vitara Brezza will come in six variants - LDI, LDI (O), VDI, VDI (O), ZDI and ZDI+. The optional variants on LDI and VDI offer safety kit of two airbags and ABS.

    Here's a quick look at the specifications of the Brezza variant wise:
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    The Vitara Brezza will be powered by a 1248 cc, four-cylinder diesel engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This is the only engine choice that India will get, although a petrol variant would be offered for the export market. We expect it might get the 1-litre booster-jet petrol engine that puts out 110PS of power later.

    Here's a look at the technical specifications of the Maruti Vitara Brezza:
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    For a look at how the Maruti Vitara Brezza compares with the Ford Ecosport, TUV300, Maruti Baleno and the Maruti Dzire, click HERE

  • Sriharsha Gowda
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    The bookings for Vitara Brezza has already started. People may have to wait until March 21st to see the car at showroom.
    Last edited by NikilSJ; 08-03-16, 02:12 PM.

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  • NikilSJ
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    One more day to go. I expect Maruti Suzuki officials to go bonkers any minute now Can't wait for the Vitara Brezza to come to a showroom near me.

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  • Roshun
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    Originally posted by Niki Lauda View Post
    themallustig thanks for the picture of the boot. Moderators, do you know when test drive vehicles will be available in showrooms? I live in Chennai and haven't spotted a asingle Brezza on the road till now. Usually, you get to see a lot of new cars undergoing tests in and around Chennai. But Marutis are pretty rare on our side. A couple of people in office are interested in the new Brezza.
    The official launch of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is on March 8. We will all get to know prices that day - and that's a really crucial piece of information that buyers are looking for and one that will determine how the Brezza will fare. It's also the day when official bookings open, although dealers have been taking 'unofficial' bookings for the Brezza. Then between March 9 and March 10, expect to see a dozen plus test drive reports from the media, as the media drives for the Brezza are taking place in Pune. Deliveries to customers will start on March 21. That's when you would likely begin to spot Brezzas on the road. However, do expect to see test drive vehicles show up in dealerships from the 9th onwards.

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  • Niki Lauda
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    themallustig thanks for the picture of the boot. Moderators, do you know when test drive vehicles will be available in showrooms? I live in Chennai and haven't spotted a asingle Brezza on the road till now. Usually, you get to see a lot of new cars undergoing tests in and around Chennai. But Marutis are pretty rare on our side. A couple of people in office are interested in the new Brezza.

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  • themallustig
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    Originally posted by Niki Lauda View Post
    themallustig yes it does look spacious. But the quality of materials would be the same as the Swift or the Baleno. It won't be that great inside I"m sure. By the way does anyone know where the spare tyre in the Brezza is? Is it in the boot or fixed under the car?
    The quality of materials is something Tata has worked on. We saw that in Zica/Tiago. That said, Maruti Suzuki is not far behind, but does have to improve on that front. And the spare wheel is mounted inside the boot floor only. Here is a picture! (full size, but steel wheels)
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  • Niki Lauda
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    themallustig yes it does look spacious. But the quality of materials would be the same as the Swift or the Baleno. It won't be that great inside I"m sure. By the way does anyone know where the spare tyre in the Brezza is? Is it in the boot or fixed under the car?

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  • themallustig
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    The room at the rear also looks adequate in the upcoming Vitara Brezza!

    Looks wide enough to seat three adults at the back.

    The boot space stands at 328 litres. Boot floor is wide and without any intrusions. Enough room for that weekend holiday!
    Rear seats folded, and it folds almost flat. In case, "dil maange more". Can you beat it Tata Nexon?
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    Last edited by themallustig; 04-03-16, 01:12 PM.

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  • Mr. Fox
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    I think, if there's one compact SUV that can compete with the Maruti Vitara Brezza, it is the upcoming Tata Nexon. Look at the similarities - ok, that's limited to the dual-tone colour - the blue and white. But if you ask me - the Brezza is pretty 'old school' in its styling, while the Nexon looks quite futuristic. Tata has stayed true to the concept that it showed in 2014, while Maruti has strayed really far, so far, that it's gone back in time with its design. The XA Alpha concept that was shown in 2012, is hardly anything to compare the Brezza with, except maybe the grille?
    I think, this one looks the part:

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  • Arjun
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    I feel Maruti should have stuck with black or matt black for the rear label and the front grille. It would attract more customer with its looks, and those who want to go for chrome,will be happy to pay extra for the chrome accessories. Also, I feel that the wheel arches would look better with more cladding. Right now the wheel arches do not protrude much, as compared to the TUV300 and the Ecosport. This is making it lose out on the SUV bulky look. A bigger cladding or more protruding wheel arches may help it look bigger, something that the duster has managed well.

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  • NikilSJ
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    That shade of blue looks very cool. Roshun even I find the chrome bits a bit overdone. In fact, that grille would have looked really good if it were in gloss or matte black. But I don't find anything special in the Brezza's design. It feels like the Brezza's looks will age faster than Maruti Suzuki would like it to.

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  • Roshun
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    The launch of the Maruti Vitara Brezza is just around the corner and, of course, this highly anticipated compact SUV was spotted this morning at the Yamuna Expressway. Not one, but about four of them. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was probably there as part of a shoot for its advertising commercial. What's intriguing is that all the four spotted had different number plates - from different states. We think it's probably part of the story line for the ad shoot, where folks from various parts of the country drive up to meet at some point - kind of like some of our forum members do .

    The Vitara Brezza will come in four variants - LDi, VDi, ZDi and ZDi+ with optional kit being offered on the first two variants, for a total of six variants.
    We earlier only saw the Brezza under the arc lights of the Auto Expo, but I must say the vehicle does stand out when seen in the open. It does instil that sense of wanting to just get in and drive. The dual tone body colour with bronze and white looks pretty nice. I don't quite like that slab of chrome on the grille though. The one below in black and red looks quite good too. Simple, straight lines which are quite appealing. Look at the squared off wheel arches which give it that more rugged look by revealing some of the suspension componentry from the side.

    Still, I think the hottest looking colour of the lot, is actually the coolest one. The dual tone Blue and White as seen on this ZDi+ variant seen below. But again, that chrome with Brezza embossed in it over the licence plate is a bit overdone. I think it would look great in matt black or dark grey for that matter. What say?


    And then, there's this Brezza with its roof chopped off - which has obviously been done for the ad shoot, so that some nice aerial shots of the whole happy family can be filmed from above.

    The launch is just around the corner, as we mentioned - on March 8. Expect prices to start around Rs. 6 lakh and go up to Rs. 9 lakh across the range. They will all come only in diesel at the moment, powered by the tried and tested 1.3 litre multijet diesel putting out 90PS of power at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. Petrol variants may come in later, with Maruti considering getting in the BoosterJet 1-litre turbo-petrol. This will definitely give the Ford EcoSport Ecoboost variant a run for its money. However, given that the pricing of the Vitara Brezza is likely to overlap with the Maruti Baleno, the Brezza will be sold through regular Maruti dealerships only, while the Baleno is sold through Nexa - to try to avoid some cannibalization between the two to an extent.

    And here's a list of the variant wise specs that were leaked a while ago, courtesy Overdrive:


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  • kaiserketkar
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    Originally posted by NikilSJ View Post
    [USER="11"]but boy oh boy is it going to sell like hot cakes. My only concern is when sales start picking up, I hope the waiting periods don't shoot up as this will put off a lot of customers.
    I doubt it'll sell like hotcakes. MS haven't really had much luck in the 10+lac segment. Except the Ciaz. The S-Cross bombed doing a measly 2-3k/mth compared to the Creta's 6-7k/mth. Brand image, looks and price are three things that didn't go in it's favor. Out of these, the price remains to be seen. If they manage some sort of a coup with pricing, it'll sell good numbers. If they get greedy or overconfident with the price, then it'll go the S-Cross way.
    One thing that is in it's favor is that it'll be sold thru the regular dealers and not the Nexa dealership, thereby ensuring a wider audience.
    Let's see what happens <fingers crossed>

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  • NikilSJ
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    kaiserketkar totally agree with you on why Maruti Suzuki even bothered with a concept as the Vitara Brezza looks so bland. If you remember, even the A-Star concept was a stunning looking car. So stunning that MotuSid and me couldn't stop drooling over the pictures in college. When the production version was launched we were so disappointed and that's when our love-hate relationship with Maruti began. I'm pretty sure the Vitara Brezza will look outdated soon enough, but boy oh boy is it going to sell like hot cakes. My only concern is when sales start picking up, I hope the waiting periods don't shoot up as this will put off a lot of customers.
    Last edited by NikilSJ; 24-02-16, 12:11 PM.

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  • kaiserketkar
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    The Vitara Brezza is a drastic climbdown from the XAalpha concept, to the point of wondering why Suzuki even bothered with a concept car. The side profile in particular looks quite similar to the Creta. I feel this design is understated and elegant, but it's not going to look fresh for a very long time. It'll start appearing dated rather quickly.
    Then again, people never bought a Suzuki because it looks good. It offers value for money [hopefully], a decent service and a reasonably trouble free ownership experience.
    Last edited by NikilSJ; 24-02-16, 12:04 PM.

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