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Friday, July 1, 2022

Could The 2023 Suzuki Brezza Replace The Vitara?


The discontinuation of the Hungarian-made Vitara for the Philippine market may pave the way for Suzuki to possibly introduce a more affordable small SUV: the all-new 2023 Brezza.

Showcased for its global launch market, India, the all-new Brezza is what Suzuki calls a “city-bred SUV.” Going for an upright and angular silhouette, it gets square-shaped geometric fenders filled with 16-inch tires, dual LED projector headlights, and LED taillights. Other key exterior features include a Sharks Fin antenna and dual tone colors.



Inside, there’s a free-standing 9-inch infotainment system, a flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel, and rear AC vents. Interior ambient lighting and a two-tone black/brown color scheme give it a heightened sense of luxury. Other features include a sunroof, heads-up display, a wireless charger, and a 360-degree camera.

Dimensionally, it’s quite small. At 3,995 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width, and 1,685 mm in height (wheelbase is 2,500 mm), it’s roughly the same size as the Ford EcoSport, Toyota Raize, or Kia Stonic. The diminutive size also means it doesn’t require that much tractive effort. In fact, it shares the Ertiga Hybrid’s 1.5-liter engine good for 103 horsepower and 137 Nm of torque. This is then mated to a 6-speed automatic.

The K15C under the Brezza’s hood features Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid system. This mild hybrid fitted with Dual Jet and Dual variable valve timing offers brake energy regeneration which should be enough for up to 20.15 km/L.



The Brezza’s platform, the Suzuki TECT-Body has also been improved with over 20 safety features including standard 6 SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, and hill hold control.

As for pricing, the 2023 Brezza starts at just 799,000 Indian Rupee (P 555,589) and goes up to 1,380,000 Indian Rupee (P 959,590). Suzuki hasn’t revealed export plans for their all-new sub-compact SUV, but if the previous Vitara Brezza has been any indication, expect it to make its way to other markets outside of the subcontinent.

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