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By Jarryd Neves
Suzuki’s compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza, is now available in South Africa.
According to Suzuki, the Vitara Brezza is their global best seller – with over 500,000 sold in India since 2016.
Refreshed for 2021, the Brezza will be made available with two trim options. A base-model GL and a higher-spec GLX. Both utilise the lively K15-B engine (also used in the Jimny and Ciaz), delivering 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque. Both trim levels are available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
Spec wise, the GL is fitted with 16-inch steel wheels (with hubcaps), while the GLX features diamond cut alloy wheels of the same diameter.
Other GLX-specific kit includes an armrest for the driver and passenger, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and keyless-go. Electrically folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and a more comprehensive sound system are a few of the extras the GLX has over the GL.
Both models, however, receive electric windows, rear parking sensors and automatic climate control as standard. ABS with EBD and brake assist are standard across the range, as are ISOFIX child seat mountings and dual front airbags.
The Vitara Brezza enters a segment bristling with talent. Vying for a slice of the compact SUV pie is Volkswagen’s competent T-Cross, Hyundai’s stylish Venue and the popular EcoSport. However, with a starting price of R244,900 (for the GL manual) the Brezza is a compelling offering. A four-year/60,000 km service plan is standard across the range.
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