JOHANNESBURG – The new Suzuki Vitara Brezza has gone on sale in Mzansi, and with prices starting at R244 900, it’s one of the country’s most affordable SUVs.
The Brezza hails from Maruti Suzuki in India and while it shares its 2500mm wheelbase with the regular Vitara, it’s a good 180mm shorter and 15mm wider, and with a ground clearance of 198mm, it’s also 13mm higher off the ground. The regular Vitara, incidentally, will soldier on as a ‘flagship’ model, and it’s currently priced from R310 900.
All Brezza models are powered by Suzuki’s normally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine, which produces 77kW and 138Nm. Power goes to the front wheels only, and buyers can choose between a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission.
There’s also a choice between GL and GLX spec grades, but even the base model is relatively well stocked, with standard features such as automatic climate control, SLDA touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and CarPlay connectivity, reverse camera, multi-function steering wheel and electric fold-in mirrors.
Safety kit includes driver and passenger airbags, ISOFIX mountings and ABS brakes, but sadly there is no mention of any kind of stability control.
The GLX adds cruise control to the standard features mix, along with keyless entry and push-button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, cooled glovebox, auto windscreen wipers and a leather-covered steering wheel.
On the visual front, the GL’s 16-inch steel wheels make way for alloy wheels in the GLX and the latter is also available with two-tone roof colour options.
Both models are sold with a five-year/200 000km warranty and four-year/60 000km service plan.
Incidentally there is also a Toyota version of the Brezza coming in March, called the Urban Cruiser, and it will be interesting to see how it’s priced in comparison.
SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA PRICING:
1.5 GL – R244 900
1.5 GL auto – R264 900
1.5 GLX – R289 900
1.5 GLX auto – R309 900