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THE FRESH NEW BREZZA

MARUTI SUZUKI HAS GIVEN THE VITARA BREZZA A NEW NAME AND NEW LOOK. WE TELL YOU ALL THAT HAS CHANGED

- BY RAHUL GHOSH

The erstwhile Vitara Brezza was always a handsome small SUV and its successor has gotten even better. The front end is dominated by the LED projector headlamps, complete with snazzy LED DRLs while the grille has gotten bolder. The rear end looks as dynamic as the front thanks to the new LED tail lights and the scuff plates on the rear bumper keeping the aggressive styling theme.

The new Brezza gets a redesigned dash and the overall cabin benefits from new colour themes. The dash houses the large 9-inch infotainme­nt system which is loaded with features. It plays music through an Arkamys system which is linked to four speakers and two tweeters. Then there is a multitude of connected features accessible via the Suzuki Connect app. Special mention to the 360-degree camera which is rather handy in tight parking spaces. New to the Brezza is also a foldable HUD along with wireless charging and climate control in the top trims. But the biggest addition is a sunroof, a first for a Maruti Suzuki car.

The Brezza also impresses with a lot of space. The seats are large and there is ample room to move around as well. There are rear AC vents and charging ports while the boot can hold 328 litres of cargo.

The Brezza will not have a diesel variant. Deployed under the hood is the 1.5-litre K15C petrol engine. It is tuned to offer 103 bhp and 136.8 Nm of torque. There is the choice of two gearboxes which include a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed auto with paddle shifters. The Brezza MT version has a claimed fuel efficiency of 19.89 kmpl while the automatic variant promises 19.80 kmpl. Being a naturally aspirated engine, the Brezza chugs along effortless­ly within the city with very little noise and vibes filtering into the cabin. As far as performanc­e goes, the Brezza is not as aggressive to drive as it looks. Power delivery is linear but it misses oomph. The manual transmissi­on is slick and the light clutch ensures that you won’t have a problem shifting frequently. The automatic variant feels even better to drive with smooth, quick shifts geared to enhance fuel economy.

To sum it up, Maruti Suzuki has chosen efficiency over performanc­e. But rest assured that the new Brezza will offer impressive fuel efficiency in the real world.

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