Brezza – 1 absurd bizarre change

Brezza, one of the best-selling SUVs in India, receives an update. The massive change is that the mild-hybrid technology is now removed from the manual variants of Brezza. Hence reducing the mileage of the SUV for which it is famous. However, the mild hybrid technology will continue in the AMT variants.

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Brezza – Changes

Brezza now gets seat belt reminders for all the seats regardless of the passenger seat occupancy. Earlier, only the front seats received this feature. But now, this feature also works on the passenger seats, just like in the newly launched Maruti Suzuki Fronx and Jimny.

It means you must fasten the car’s seatbelts even when driving alone. It is a good safety feature as it reminds people to never sit in the car without a seatbelt.  There are many benefits of wearing a seat belt. I have an article on the importance of a safety belt

Some safety features, like the electronic stability program (ESP) and hill-hold assist, no longer exists in the CNG variants of Brezza. Most CNG owners buy it, especially for the mileage, and take their car to the hills. In such cases, removing hill-hold assist in the CNG variants is not understandable. However, after customer feedback and thorough research, Maruti Suzuki must have taken this decision.

The rest of the features remain unchanged. Up to six airbags, 360-degree camera, a 9-inch SmartPlay Pro+ touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Furthermore, features like a heads-up display, wireless charging, an Arkamys-tuned speaker system, and a single-pane sunroof are also on the list. There was no change in the exterior of the car, too.

Drop in Mileage

As mentioned above, the mild-hybrid technology is now removed from the manual variants of the SUV. But will continue in the automatic variants. Additionally, the CNG variants of Brezza never got the mild-hybrid tech in the first place.

Brezza gets a 1.5 L petrol engine with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox. The power and torque figures are 103hp and 137Nm, respectively. CNG variants only get a 5-speed manual transmission with power and torque figures of 87.8hp and 121.5Nm, respectively.

With the removal of mild-hybrid tech in the manual variants, the mileage drops from 20.19kpl to 17.37kpl, i.e., a reduction in mileage by 2.82kpl. Will it affect the sales? Yes, of course. In India mileage is the first thing that come to their mind when buying a new car. Brezza is one of those cars which return a decent mileage which is also the reason for its sales. Keeping the growing fuel prices in mind, removing the mild-hybrid technology is very absurd. Why Maruti Suzuki has done it is a mystery, and that too in the manual variants, which sells more. But still people are going to buy it because now Brezza looks like a mini Range Rover.

Anyways, inflation is bringing the prices of everything up. In such situations the Manufacturers also have to do some cost cutting.

Brezza – Price

Though a critical feature has been removed from the manual variants of the Brezza, the price remains unchanged. It starts at Rs 8.29 lakh for MT (ex-showroom) and goes up to Rs 13.98 lakh for the ZXi+ AT variant.

Brezza – Competitors

Brezza has a lot of competitors like Mahindra XUV300, Maruti Suzuki Fronx, Tata Nexon, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Hyundai Venue and KIA Sonet. With so many competitors, removing mild- -hybrid tech from the Brezza might not be a good decision by Maruti Suzuki. The Brezza was the only SUV with this feature, making it the most fuel-efficient SUV. But the Company has taken a decision, and there must be a logical reason behind it, which we will come to know soon. 

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