Maruti Vitara Brezza May Get Petrol Engine Soon

  • Apr 29, 2019

India’s biggest automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki recently announced that it will stop making diesel cars from 1 April 2020. This includes the Maruti Ciaz 1.5-litre diesel model, which was recently introduced and was developed by the company’s in-house technology. All Maruti cars sold from next year will be available only in the petrol version.

The company’s recent announcement has fuelled speculation that its diesel-only cars, like the S-Cross and Vitara Brezza, are likely to get petrol engines soon. Maruti may roll out the Brezza ahead of the S-Cross, since the former sells more units.

The Vitara Brezza, being a sub-4-metre compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), makes more sense for Maruti to introduce a petrol model. The sub-1,200cc engine will help the car qualify for lower taxes. The current Baleno’s petrol engine could be suitable for the subcompact SUV.

The Baleno is currently offered in three petrol engine options. These include the 1.0-litre direct injection Boosterjet turbocharged engine, a DualJet 1.2-litre Dual VVT, and the standard 1.2-litre VVT. The 1.2-litre engines are compliant to the upcoming BS-VI emission norms, while the 1.0-litre unit is yet to be upgraded to that standard.

The DualJet Dual VVT is expected to feed better power to the Vitara Brezza since it’s more powerful of the two 1.2-litre engines. It outputs 90PS maximum power, 7PS more compared to the standard VVT motor. The DualJet 1.2-litre Dual VVT engine also has a micro-hybrid system which returns a better fuel economy compared to the diesel model.

However, chances of the Brezza being offered in the 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol motor can’t be ruled out either. This is because other popular sub-4-metre SUVs like the Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, and the Mahindra XUV300 are offered in turbocharged petrol models. The EcoSport has a 1.0-litre engine, while both the Nexon and the XUV300 are fitted with a 1.2-litre motor.


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