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2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza evaluate: Topped up with new tech | Autocar India

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The sensible and dependable Maruti Brezza will get a tech increase in a bid to tackle newer rivals.

For all its success within the Indian auto market, Maruti’s SUV recreation leaves quite a bit to be desired. With over a dozen fashions in its portfolio, surprisingly simply two are SUVs, of which the S Cross by no means actually caught on and it’s simply the Brezza that managed success. The compact SUV bagged our 2017 Autocar India Automobile of the Yr award and since its launch has offered over 7,50,000 items whereas persistently figuring within the high 10 vehicles offered in India.

However of late, the Nexon has managed to steal a march over the Brezza, to the extent the place it’s now the largest-selling SUV throughout segments and newer gamers just like the Venue and Sonet are additionally vying for a slice of the pie. So, to maintain the Brezza combating match, Maruti has given the brand new automotive a really complete replace, with new exterior, inside, know-how and up to date powertrains.

The brand new Brezza is predicated on the identical International-C platform that underpins its predecessor, however Maruti, nonetheless, selected to name it ‘TECT’ platform, which is extra for advertising differentiation and a tragedy actually. Many people name out Maruti vehicles for his or her poor GNCAP efficiency, however the older Brezza carried out very effectively, securing a 4-star score, and thus the change in platform identify has form of backfired. The brand new platform nomenclature has already given rise to plenty of confusion, with most mixing it up with the HEARTECT platform and lamenting the change, which merely isn’t the case. Thus, because it stands, the brand new Brezza is certainly underpinned by the International-C platform, and whereas it has not been crash examined, its case seems encouraging.

2022 Maruti Brezza: exterior

Being a serious replace, adjustments exterior aren’t restricted to ‘gentle’ plastic elements however sheet steel too. The re-profiled bonnet is extra upright and flatter and tops a extra radical entrance finish. Whereas the outdated automotive had simple rectangular headlamps, the brand new Brezza’s items are extra slender with a really outstanding dual-DRL signature.

New headlights are extra slender, with a really outstanding dual-DRL signature.

The bumper too is all-new, with small fog lights inset. And there’s liberal use of cladding which extends over to the perimeters, the place it’s fairly outstanding, and together with the massive wheel arches, it dwarfs the brand new 16-inch alloy wheels.

Giant wheel arches and big cladding dwarf the 16-inch alloy wheels.

The rear quarter glass is redone and has a bigger glass space. Its doorways too are new, with the rear ones carrying a really outstanding shoulder line that runs into the rear fenders and tops the tail-lights. Just like the headlights, the tail-lamps are slender, look fairly placing, and bracket the ‘Brezza’ lettering (the brand new automotive is now not the ‘Vitara Brezza’). The rear bumper additionally has giant cladding and a silver-finished fake skid plate.

Just like the headlights, the tail-lights too are slender and look fairly placing.

At 3,995mm in size, 1,790mm in width, and with a 2,500mm wheelbase, the brand new Brezza measures precisely the identical because the earlier mannequin. Solely its top has elevated by 45mm, to 1,685mm, however that’s on account of the shark fin antenna. As for colors, like earlier than, Maruti gives a dual-tone paint scheme, and the Khaki and White mixture on our automotive seemed fairly neat.   

2022 Maruti Brezza: inside

Layered dashboard design is sweet, however the feel and appear is plasticky.

On the within, the dashboard is all new and the layered design seems neat. High quality ranges although have remained the identical, which implies plenty of it seems and feels plasticky. Maruti says the dashboard is barely flatter than earlier than and that, together with a rise within the entrance seats’ journey, offers you just a little extra room inside what was already a spacious inside. Total area is actually a powerful level of the Brezza, particularly within the rear the place there’s ample head and leg room.

Seats are comfy however gentle, so it stays to be seen how supportive they’re on lengthy journeys.

Rear-left passengers, although, will discover that the mild-hybrid’s battery, situated below the entrance seat, prevents them from pushing their toes all the best way ahead. This, nonetheless, is a small difficulty, as you sit fairly comfortably in a pure place with ample area round. The seats are comfortable too, although the cushioning feels gentle, and it stays to be seen how supportive they’re on a protracted journey.

Total area is a powerful level, particularly on the rear with its ample head and leg room.

Space for storing can also be adequate and boot area is available in at 328 litres. And whereas it’s smaller than in others, it’s huge sufficient and may also be prolonged by way of a 60:40 split-folding seat that folds flat.

New Maruti Brezza: options and know-how

The Brezza is now the primary and solely Maruti to function a sunroof.

Tech and options are more and more enjoying a giant function in automotive purchases as we speak, and whereas the sooner Brezza was missing towards its rivals, the brand new automotive makes up plenty of floor. There’s now the gang favorite, the sunroof, making the Brezza the primary and solely Maruti to function one, in addition to linked automotive tech with an onboard ‘Hello Suzuki’ voice assistant. The brand new Brezza additionally will get ambient lighting and a bigger 9.0-inch SmartPlay Professional+ touchscreen, and whereas there is no such thing as a branded audio set-up, the system has been tuned by Arkamys and sounds very nice.

Bigger 9.0-inch touchscreen has linked automotive tech, together with on-board voice assistant.

The place the brand new Brezza scores one over its closest rivals is with the addition of a head-up show and a 360-degree digicam, even when bits like cooled seats and a branded audio set-up are lacking. The HUD is identical unit from the Baleno and apart from the pace read-out, it may possibly show plenty of different information just like the gear you’re in and rev counter, in addition to warning lights.

360-degree cameras have clear feed, and dynamic tips are current in rear view in addition to high 360-degree view.

The 360-degree digicam can also be a helpful bit to have, and what’s good is that it gives a really clear, high-resolution feed and has dynamic tips that present up within the rear view in addition to the highest 360-degree view. When it comes to security, the brand new Brezza now will get six airbags, and the place earlier solely the auto had ESP, the guide too now will get the steadiness tech. Additional, the auto now will get paddle shifters.

New Maruti Brezza: engine and efficiency

Up to date Ok15C engine has twin injectors for every cylinder, which boosts effectivity.

As earlier than, the brand new Brezza comes with the identical 1.5-litre engine, nonetheless, it’s now the upgraded Ok15C sequence as towards the sooner Ok15B. Max energy and torque figures are 103hp (2hp decrease than earlier than) and 137Nm (1Nm decrease than earlier than), respectively. The place it’s improved, although, is in its tech designed to enhance effectivity. The sooner single-injector set-up has now made method for twin injectors within the new engine. Whereas it’s nonetheless an indirect-injection system, there are two injectors for every cylinder and this improves gasoline effectivity considerably.

The place the sooner automotive claimed a most of 17.03kpl for the guide and a better 18.06kpl for the auto – on account of the mild-hybrid system – the brand new Brezza claims 20.15kpl for the guide and 19.80kpl for the auto, with each vehicles now outfitted with the mild-hybrid set-up.

Experience over damaged surfaces is sweet and cushioned.

Whereas we’ll quickly put the brand new Brezza by way of our instrumented Autocar India Highway Check to seek out out the real-world figures, they’re prone to be excellent. What’s not, nonetheless, is the mid-range and top-end efficiency. At metropolis speeds, the automotive feels effective and overtaking sluggish site visitors is straightforward, however on open roads, getting by quicker automobiles is kind of a problem. Put your foot down and there’s little or no change in tempo. And whereas it does rev all the best way to a restricted 6,200rpm, there’s actually no level in stretching it, as energy supply and response are very relaxed and linear. Clearly, it’s arrange for a laid-back driving expertise, and people on the lookout for a punchy SUV really feel should look elsewhere. Refinement, nonetheless, is nice and the start-stop system may be very fast to reply and vibrations are effectively managed. On the guide, the clutch can also be mild and the gearshifts really feel constructive and easy.

New 6-speed auto now comes with paddle shifters.

On the automated, the gearbox is now a 6-speed unit, whereas the sooner automotive’s was a 4-speed one, with each being torque convertor set-ups. It’s expectedly easy and part-throttle response is nice, nonetheless, try to rush it and you can be upset, because it by no means feels wanting to hurry up such as you need it to. There are paddle shifters, however the engine’s weak mid-range means you’ll be able to’t actually extract a lot efficiency. Just like the guide, the auto too is greatest pushed in a laid-back method.

Engine is easy and refined, however has a weak mid-range.

The trip and dealing with set-up is comfortable, with the emphasis laid on a easy, cushioned low-speed trip. Because of this, damaged surfaces within the metropolis aren’t a hassle for the brand new Brezza, and whereas the softer springs imply there’s some pitch and squat, it’s minimal and also you’ll actually recognize the automotive’s total cushioned trip and its good high-speed stability. Within the metropolis, the steering really feel is mild and straightforward, however like with many Marutis, it frustratingly doesn’t return to centre.

New Maruti Brezza: worth and verdict

It feels odd to jot down this, however the brand new Maruti Brezza just isn’t a worth for cash providing. Whereas base variants haven’t gone up by a lot – beginning at Rs 7.99 lakh, which is just Rs 15,000 greater than its predecessor – in addition they miss out on all the brand new goodies. Bits just like the sunroof, bigger touchscreen, HUD, 360-degree digicam, six airbags and wi-fi charging, amongst others, are solely out there on the top-spec ZXi+ model, which prices about Rs 2.5 lakh greater than the outgoing mannequin. Moreover, the Brezza ZXi+ AT, priced at Rs 13.96 lakh, can also be larger than top-end variations of all of its principal petrol-powered rivals, together with the Sonet (Rs 13.19 lakh), the not too long ago up to date Venue (Rs 12.57 lakh), the favored Nexon (Rs 12.39 lakh), and even the XUV300 (Rs 13.06 lakh).

What makes it dear is probably its ‘bigger than 1.2-litre’ petrol engine – which implies it doesn’t qualify for the decrease ‘small automotive’ excise obligation advantages – in addition to the updates and added tech.

Pricing apart, the weak engine efficiency will even not fulfill these on the lookout for a punchy SUV really feel. However that doesn’t imply the Brezza has little advantage. There’s, after all, the Maruti assurance that may enchantment to many, after which there’s the truth that the brand new Brezza is a decently outfitted automotive with loads of comfy area and an excellent trip as well. The latter is particularly true within the metropolis, the place the low-speed trip is sweet and cushioned. Clearly then, it’s as Maruti’s personal tag line states ‘a city-bred SUV’, and there it does very well.

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