Maruti Suzuki has been at the forefront of bringing the
two-pedal technology to the common man ever since they launched the Celerio
back in 2014. They carried the practice by introducing Auto Gear Shift (AGS),
Maruti’s AMT technology, in the Alto K10 later on. So it was only natural for
the company to introduce this feature in their highly popular compact SUV, the
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF MARUTI SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA AGS
4-cylinder, DDiS 200, Diesel
Dimensions (L x W x H)
x 1790mm x 1640mm
Strut with Coil Spring
Beam with Coil Spring
8.54 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
AND STYLING OF MARUTI SUZUKI VITARABREZZA AGS
Not much has changed on the exterior of the Brezza.
Adding to the already vibrant pallet of the car is a new orange colour which
you can also get in the manual variant. The car still sports a boxy design and
the dimensions remain the same. The dual tone scheme has also been carried
forward. However, this one gets a white roof in place of a black one. I did not
have any complaint with the white colour but I still do prefer the black more.
TheVitara Brezza now comes with 16-inch alloys in a glossy black finish. While
the chrome slat on the front and on the boot lid are nothing new, they have
become standard now.
FEATURES OF MARUTI SUZUKI VITARABREZZA AGS
The interiors of the Vitara Brezza AGS come draped in
black. Other than that not much has changed and all the buttons are where they
have always been. The manual gear lever has been replaced by an automatic one
and a closer inspection reveals the lack of cruise control, which can be found
on the manual transmission variant. This has obviously been done to bring down
the cost. While I personally have no major problem with that, a lot of people
would have preferred to have the feature on the AMT variant as well. A smart
move that Maruti has made is that they have made dual airbags, seat belts with
pre-tensioners and force limiters, ISOFIX mounts and rear parking sensors
standard. These features make the entry level variants more value for money and
also add some much-needed safety measures.
PERFORMANCE OF MARUTI SUZUKI VITARABREZZA AGS
The AGS variant of Brezza gets the same DDiS 200 diesel
engine but it now comes paired to a 5-speed AMT. Not having to worry about
clutching and shifting gears is always a plus when you are driving through the
city. The AGS on the Brezza has been tweaked and tuned to suit the car and it
does indeed manage to provide a smooth and calm drive. However, should you
decide to step on the accelerator, you will realise that the lack of power below
2000rpm still exists and the car thinks for a moment, downshifts and then
surges forward. Cross that rpm range and the Brezza comes into its element and
you get enough power. So while low speed overtaking might not be as fun on the
Brezza, high speed overtaking will not be a problem. You can still shift the
car manually using the gear stick to get a slightly quicker response.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce
Distribution (EBD) have now become standard and they provide reassurance when
you have to apply brakes suddenly. The front disc and rear drum brakes provide
enough power to bring a car of this size to a halt.
The Vitara Brezza was already a great product and with
the ease of an automatic transmission it has only become better. This could be
a great medium to travel to and from office and through the thick of traffic,
that we have become so accustomed to seeing. Where the Brezza AGS might shine
would be in the VDi and ZDi models thanks to their lower price and Maruti
Suzuki making many sensible features standard. The top end ZDi+ and ZDi+ Dual
Tone variants come dangerously close to the price of Tata Nexon diesel AMT,
which offers a bigger engine and a few more features. Adding a few more
features in the top end variants would have provided the Brezza more firepower
against competition. However, if you would like an automatic compact SUV that does
not tax on your pocket when you buy the car and after, then the starting two
variants will make a fine pick.
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