Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
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The Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki's first compact SUV launched on March 8, is marching on in terms of booking and sales. The compact SUV has so far received over 50,000 bookings and the waiting period now extends up to six months, reported the Business Standard.

The Vitara Brezza got a head start, with 5,563 units sold in the launch month itself. In April, the compact SUV had registered sales figures of 7,832 units, outselling its prime rival, Ford EcoSport. It has been reported that over half the bookings received have been for the top-spec ZDi+ variant, which features an exclusive dual-tone colour palette.

The high demand has prompted Maruti Suzuki to increase the annual production of Vitara Brezza to one lakh from the previous target of 80,000 units that was set earlier this year. According to latest reports, Maruti Suzuki is mulling over increasing the production even more, to 1.20 lakh Vitara Brezza units per year.

The Vitara Brezza is the first model of Maruti Suzuki to be conceptualised, designed, developed and validated in India. It is offered in LDi, LDi (O), VDi, VDi (O), ZDi, ZDi+ and ZDi+ variants. Available only with diesel engine, the compact SUV is powered by a 200 DDis 1248cc diesel engine that develops 88.5bhp at 4,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The compact SUV also boasts of a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 24.3 kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki is also planning to launch a petrol engine-powered Vitara Brezza. This model is expected to enter the market during the festive season. According to reports, the compact SUV will come with a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine. The Boosterjet engine of Suzuki is currently not employed in any of the Maruti Suzuki cars in India. The engine was first showcased in India at the Auto Expo 2016 as the powertrain for the Baleno RS concept, which is also expected to be launched during the festive season.