Maruti Suzuki showed off the new Fronx, which is based on the Baleno, at the Auto Expo 2023 on January 12. On the same day, the compact crossover could be reserved. Maruti has received about 5,500 orders for the Fronx so far, before it comes out in April. The Fronx will be sold at Maruti’s Nexa dealerships. It will be the company’s second SUV/crossover in the sub-4m segment after the Brezza, which is sold at Arena dealerships.
The Fronx will come with two engine options: a new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbo-petrol Boosterjet engine and the familiar 1.2-liter, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine. Both engines come with Maruti’s mild-hybrid technology. The first one makes 100 horsepower and 147.6 NM, and the second one still makes 90 horsepower and 113 NM.
The turbo-petrol engine comes with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The NA gasoline engine, on the other hand, comes with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT gearbox.
The Fronx will come in Sigma, Delta, Delta+, Zeta, and Alpha trims. The 1.2 NA engine is available on the Sigma, Delta, and Delta+ trim levels. All three trims come with a manual gearbox, but the AMT gearbox can be added to the second and third trims. The 1.0 turbo engine will be available on the Delta+, Zeta, and Alpha trims, and all of them will come with a manual transmission as standard. But only the Zeta and Alpha trims come with the AT gearbox.
On the outside, the Fronx is very different from the Baleno. Its design is a mix of the Grand Vitara and the Baleno. On the inside, however, they are almost the same. The equipment list is also the same, so the top models will have things like automatic LED headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 9.0-inch touchscreen for entertainment, a wireless charger, a head-up display, a 360-degree camera, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, and 6 airbags.
When it comes out in April, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx is likely to cost between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 11 lakh. The Fronx will compete with SUVs like the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger, in addition to the Brezza.
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