- Vitara Brezza, ‘a global best-seller’
- Touch-screen infotainment, aircon, standard
- Manual and auto options available
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – India’s most popular compact SUV – the Suzuki Brezza – is the fastest compact SUV to reach 500 000 sales in that country. Now it’s on the South African market.
Suzuki SA describes the model as ”dynamic and well-specified” and reports that GL and GLX spec units – manual or auto – is now in all 71 showrooms across the country.
The Brezza will share SA showroom space with the popular Suzuki Vitara – the former as the entry-level model and the Vitara as the flagship.
The Brezza was introduced in India in 2016; an upgrade arrived in 2020. It has since become the most popular compact SUV in that country with 23% of its segment and 11% of all SUV sales – more than 600 000…
Divisional manager André Venter told The Corner: ”The Brezza has, since its introduction in India, built a loyal following through its specifications and generous cabin. We’re sure to win over the hearts of our SUV-loving market.”
The first Vitara became available in South Africa through a direct importer in the late 1980’s; Grand Vitara led the sector when Suzuki Auto officially arrived s in South Africa in 2008, and the Grand Vitara remained a popular 4×4 until its discontinuation in December 2019.
The legacy continues today with the Vitara, launched in 2015 and upgraded with a Boosterjet engine in 2019. Now comes the Brezza whose design and dimensions, Suzuki SA says, will make it a nimble urban runabout but with the ground clearance, ride height, and cabin space of a growed-up SUV.
It has the same wheelbase as the Vitara at 2500mm but is shorter by 180mm, wider (15mm) and rides higher off the ground (198mm vs 185mm) and comes in two versions: GL and GLX. Each rides on 16” wheels. The GL has steel rims with silver wheel caps, the GLX ”diamond-c-cut” and polished alloy rims.
”Suzuki’s SUV design team,” the local office says, ”has packaged the Brezza’s dimensions perfectly. From the front there is a striking look created by a chromed grille that stretches between the headlights to visually underline the vehicle’s wide stance.
”The front lights have a chromed brow and diode daytime lights – guides to indentifying the GL; pure LEDs on the GLX accompany the projector main diode headlights.”
Suzuki says its fans will notice the inverted U of the lower grille, a signature Suzuki SUV-styling cue shared by the Vitara, S-Presso and Ignis models. This styling bar, Suzuki says, is flanked by bold foul-weather lights’ surrounds (LEDs on the GLX) and a black lower chin plate on the GL, silver on the GLX.
The Suzuki SUV look is said to continue on the sides of the Brezza: hard-wearing polycarbonate mouldings above the sils and wheel-arch extensions on all models, roof liggage rails and colour-coded external mirrors with diode turn indicators.
AND SO TO THE CABIN, IN WHICH…
…the first item to catch the eye, Suzuki says, will be the 18cm touchscreen – standard across the range and the centrepiece of the fascia. It has Apple CarPlay/Android Auto to display the image from the reversing camera, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input, and a USB port.
All models include hands-free control and a phone interface from the steering-wheel buttons or by voice command and the info display will also alert the driver to, for instance, low fuel and open door.
Aircon is standard, as are power windows, height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear parking radar, and remote central locking. The GLX Brezza adds a leather-clad steering-wheel front central armrests, two cubbies, and aircon.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
Other GLX additions include an auto-dimming interior and auto-folding external mirrors, auto screen wipers, a 12V socket in the boot, and tweeter speakers while there is no distinction between the safety equipment of the various grades of the same Suzuki.
The Brezza include anti-lock brakes with emergency brake-force distribution and brake-assistance, two front crash-mitigation bags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters and child-seat IsoFix anchors.
All models will have a high-mounted diode third brake-light, a rear-window-demister/wiper with washer as standard. An anti-theft system and immobiliser are also standard.
The Brezza range will have the same quad-valve engine driving the front wheels as the Suzuki Jimny, Ertiga and Ciaz. It’s capable of 77kW at 6000rpm/138Nm at 4400 rpm hooked to a five-speed manual or new four-speed auto transmission.
Standard external colours include white, Silver, grey, and orange. GL spec buyers can include red or blue. The GLX adds three two-tone options: red with a black roof, grey with an orange roof, and Blue with a black roof.
The Vitara Brezza 1.5 GL or the Vitara Brezza 1.5 GLX offer an auto alternative and the cars will be delivered with a four-year or 60 000km service plan* and a five-year or 200 000km* promotional mechanical warranty.
*Whichever comes first.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
- Suzuki Brezza GL – R244 900
- Suzuki Brezza GL a/t – R264 900
- Suzuki Brezza GLX – R289 900
- Suzuki Brezza GLX a/t – R309 900