The first compact SUV from Maruti Suzuki, the Vitara Brezza, may soon come with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The Vitara Brezza, launched in March this year with diesel only engine, was well received in the market, and recently crossed 1 lakh bookings. Soon after the launch, Maruti Suzuki had confirmed its plans to add a petrol engine.
Now the 1.2-litre engine is expected to be employed to the Vitara Brezza soon. Earlier reports had hinted that Maruti Suzuki is mulling over adding a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine to the Vitara Brezza. The engine will be first seen in the upcoming Baleno RS. However, the company seems to have decided to go with the tried and tested 1.2-litre K-Series engine, which does duty in the Baleno, reported Oncars.
Maruti Suzuki cars are also sold with a 1.4-litre petrol engine that develops 91bhp. But adoption of this engine for Vitara Brezza will result in loss of tax benefits offered to cars with below 1200cc.
The 1.2-litre engine develops 83bhp and 115Nm of torque in Baleno and this is expected to continue in the Vitara Brezza as well. The petrol version of Maruti Suzuki's compact SUV will be mated to five-speed manual transmission. Rumours are rife that the company will also introduce AMT transmission.
The current Vitara Brezza is powered by a 200 DDis 1248cc diesel engine that develops 88.5bhp at 4,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The compact SUV also boasts of a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 24.3 kmpl. Prices start at Rs. 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).