After briefly losing out the new Hyundai Venue on monthly sales, the Maruti Vitara Brezza is back on top of the sub-4m SUV segment but only by a small margin. The crossover has been around for quite sometime now and is in need of an equipment and styling upgrade to keep pace with its more modern rivals.
Maruti is working on a facelift for its brisk selling crossover to consolidate its market share in the highly challenging segment. Our in-house design specialist Pratyush Rout has come up with a speculative rendering of the 2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza based on spy shots and ongoing design trends.
We expect the updated Vitara Brezza to sport a redesigned radiator grille with vertical chrome or silver accents, a reprofiled headlamp with full LED elements (at least on the high-end variant). Of course the front bumper, and by association, the fog lights will also be modified.
The profile and rear fascia are not likely to undergo drastic changes although one can expect new alloy wheel pattern. Inside, improvements are likely to come in the form of additional equipment rather than a new dashboard design. The Hyundai Venue has really changed the game when it comes to features and connectivity in this segment and the Maruti Vitara Brezza facelift would have to play catch up.
The most significant addition to the 2020 Vitara Brezza, however, will be the petrol engine. Keeping up with the change in fuel type preference of customers, Maruti will add its 1.5-liter K15 naturally aspirated petrol motor to the compact crossover’s powertrain lineup. The motor puts out 105 hp and 138 Nm of torque and is supported by an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator). The motor which also does duty under the hoods of Ertiga and Ciaz will be compatible with BS6 emission regulations. Both manual gearbox and AMT are expected to be offer.
The aging 1.3-liter diesel engine which is sourced from FCA will not be making the BS6 transition. While smaller Maruti models are going to be devoid of diesel engine option altogether, the Brezza is most likely to receive the 1.5-liter DDiS motor that is available in the Ciaz and Ertiga.