Next-gen Maruti Vitara Brezza (with SHVS) to launch in 2022: Report

The next-gen Maruti Vitara Brezza will hit the market in the first half of the calendar year 2022, according to a fresh report from business-standard.com.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza debuted at the Auto Expo in February 2016 and is the best-selling SUV in India. Since its market launch in March 2016, Maruti Suzuki has sold more than 5.5 lakh units. It becomes due for a full makeover in early 2022 and may not have an extended lifecycle given the intensifying competition in the sub-4m segment. Every auto manufacturer in India has built a presence in the sub-4m SUV/Crossover segment right from an enriched hatchback (WR-V and Freestyle) to a proper ladder-frame model (TUV300). Players such as Skoda, MG, and Citroen are eyeing launches in the coming years.

Given the Maruti Vitara Brezza’s significance in the line-up, the company should leave no stone unturned when it renews it in 2022. We expect a tougher design, next-gen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, a myriad of connected car technologies, advanced safety features in an ADAS package, new comfort features and wireless phone charging. Also likely for the 2022 Maruti Vitara Brezza is a more advanced electrified powertrain.

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Advanced 48V SHVS for the 2022 Maruti Vitara Brezza?

The 2022 Maruti Vitara Brezza could receive Suzuki’s new mild-hybrid system that is available in the Suzuki Vitara, Suzuki Swift Sport and Suzuki S-Cross in Europe. Maruti vehicles employ a 12-volt mild-hybrid system, while the next-gen model could employ the 48-volt unit that would allow a new electric motor idling function, enabled when the clutch is disengaged and the engine speed is low.

48-volt SHVS would basically serve as a replacement for fuel injection. Effectively, the new mild-hybrid system would reduce fuel consumption under low-speed and stationary conditions as the ISG would control the engine momentum. The successor to the 12V system is more powerful and offers additional torque up to 235 Nm from 2,000 rpm, drastically improving low-end performance. Maruti cars would get more fuel efficient and fun to drive in the city with the 48V SHVS system.

The engine should be the same K15B 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit available with 5-speed MT and 4-speed AT options, as there is no need for turbocharging.

At Auto Expo 2020, Maruti Suzuki launched the ‘Mission Green Million’ with a target of selling 1 million more eco-friendly cars on the roads. More advanced hybrid powertrains and all-electric powertrains are pivotal to this mission in the next couple of years. The company is also working on a strong hybrid powertrain with pure electric drive mode, that could debut in the next-gen Maruti Ciaz squarely targeting the 2021 Honda City Hybrid.

The company would source the battery for its hybrid cars from TDSG, India’s first Lithium-ion Battery manufacturing plant set up jointly between Toshiba Corporation, Denso Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation in Gujarat. It is to begin mass production next year.

The new CAFE II norms that get activated in 2022 and the RDE regulation following in 2023 would require Maruti Suzuki to electrify almost every vehicle. Additionally the Wagon R EV, the first Maruti electric car, is in the works and will go on sale next year, starting with the fleet segment.