The first ever Maruti Suzuki SUV under 4 meter, was showcased as XA Alpha concept about 4 years ago at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. At the next month’s 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, the production ready variant of XA Alpha will be launched as Vitara Brezza.
Codenamed YBA, Maruti XA Alpha compact SUV has been in the making for about five years. Expected to be based on the same design language as that of the new Baleno (Liquid Flow in Maruti speak), leaked spy shots confirm that the SUV will share exterior and interior components with the European Vitara, which was launched last year.
To be launched next month, Maruti Vitara Brezza is aimed at taking on the likes of Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300. It will be offered in a choice of both petrol and diesel engine options, which will be most probably borrowed from the existing Swift and Baleno.
Petrol engine on board the Maruti Vitara Brezza will be in the form of a 1.2 liter 4-cyl mill generating 85 PS and 115 Nm while the diesel 1.3 liter 4-cyl engine will generate 75 PS and 190 Nm torque. Both these engines will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The petrol variant is also expected to be offered with an AMT option, sourced from Magnetti Marelli. This will make Maruti Vitara Brezza the only petrol sub 4 meter SUV equipped with AMT in the country.
Speaking about safety features, considering the recent updates from Maruti Suzuki, where the company has started offering Airbags and ABS across variants in more products of theirs, Brezza is expected to get dual airbags and ABS as standard across all variants. Apart from this, it is also expected to get steering mounted control, touchscreen infotainment with rear parking camera and navigation, steering mounted controls, music system with atleast 4 speakers, plush seats, premium touch and feel of the materials, stylish new alloys, LED DRLs, projector headlamps and LED taillights.
More details will be revealed once the car is launched at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo on the 3rd February 2016. Until then, have a look at the Vitara and XA Alpha images below.