Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels
07 Jan 2020
Maruti Suzuki Brezza is an ultimate champion in its segment. And what's even more surprising is that even with a sole 1.3L diesel engine, sales number do not diminish at all. (Well, it dipped for a while when the Hyundai Venue was launched but the Brezza regained its position back). Now, come 2020, you will see a 1.5L petrol engine on the Maruti Brezza. Here, in this article, we compare the Maruti Brezza 1.5L petrol vs the Ford Ecosport 1.5 petrol.
We have chosen this comparison as the closest capacity petrol engine in this segment is of Ford Ecosport only. Maruti Brezza will use the tried and tested 1.5L petrol BS6 found in XL6 and Ertiga.
Maruti Brezza 1.5L Petrol vs Ford Ecosport Petrol Engines
|Petrol||Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza||Ford Ecosport|
|Engine||1.5L naturally aspirated petrol||1.5L, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated|
|Power||105 bhp at 6000 rpm||121 bhp at 6500 rpm|
|Torque||138 Nm at 4600 rpm||150 Nm at 4500 rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT/ 4-speed torque converter||5-speed MT/6-speed dual-clutch|
|ARAI Fuel Efficiency||21.2 km/l - Manual / 19.50 km/l - Automatic (Expected Figures)||17 km/l - Manual / 14.8 km/l - Automatic|
For the first time, Maruti Brezza will use a petrol engine. It will churn out 105 bhp on tap along with a maximum torque of 138 Nm. Transmission wise, it will come with a 5-speed manual and a four-speed torque converter unit. Also, the smart-hybrid system with the start-stop system is reserved for the automatics and will not be seen on the manual versions in order to keep the costs in check.
Knowing that the BS6 1.5L petrol engine is offered in both XL6 and Ertiga, the ARAI certified fuel efficiency is sightly different for both the cars. And come the Brezza 1.5L, we expect the fuel efficiency to stick to over 21 km/l for the manual and close to 20 kmpl for the automatic version. If this is the scene then it'll be the most fuel-efficient petrol SUV in the segment.
Talking about the Ford Ecosport, it uses a 1.5L, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine. It is mated to a 5-speed manual and also offers the convenience of a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. The power figure adds an advantage here as it produces 121 bhp on tap along with 150 Nm of peak torque. Ford Ecosport further comes with a Sports mode for utilizing the engine to its full potential and also offers paddle shifters. Its ARAI certified fuel efficiency sticks to 17 km/l for the manual version and the automatic gets 14.8 km/l.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Ford Ecosport Dimensions
|Dimensions||Maruti Brezza||Ford Ecosport|
|Length||3998 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1765 mm||1790 mm|
|Height||1647 mm||1640 mm|
|Ground Clearance||200 mm||198 mm|
|Wheelbase||2519 mm||2500 mm|
|Boot Capacity||352 L||328 L|
Other than the mechanical changes and the facelift, we do not expect that the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will be altered in dimensions. The Brezza is longer, taller and offers a longer wheelbase than the Ford Ecosport. Ford Ecosport is 25 mm wider than the Brezza but that's just it. Maruti Brezza scores the chart in this one.
|Prices||Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza||Ford Ecosport|
|Ex-showroom, Delhi||Rs 7.3 Lakh - Rs 9.50 Lakh (expected)||Rs 7.91 Lakh - Rs 11.45 Lakh|
Since we know that Maruti Brezza will ditch the 1.3L DDiS turbocharged diesel engine for the 1.5L petrol engine then the prices will definitely come down. Also, the bigger 1.5L motor will not be able to enjoy the tax benefits like others so we expect the starting price of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza to be Rs 7.3 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Ford Ecosport will continue with both petrol and diesel engines but in BS6 form. The 1.0L turbocharged petrol motor will be discontinued as it cannot be upgraded to the new emission norms. The prices of the Ecosport starts at Rs 7.91 lakh and the top model fetches up to Rs 11.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).