Fronx, Maruti SuzukiThe Baleno-based coupe SUV was unveiled at Auto Expo 2023. The new coupe SUV will go on sale in April through the brand’s Nexa stores. Reservations for Maruti Fronx start today.
- Maruti Fronx has two petrol engine options
- Two automatic transmission options, one manual transmission
- Will be sold through Nexa . stores
Maruti Fronx SUV coupe: new but familiar look
Maruti’s first compact SUV coupe for the Nexa series, the Fronx, is based on Baleno, which means it is also underpinned by the Heartect monolithic platform. In addition to a few shared body panels on the outside, the Fronx has a more upright nose and split headlamp setup similar to the version. Grand Vitara.
The new front and rear bumpers are larger with specialized fake sliding panels at both ends and some subtle chrome details. It features newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels, which are again unique to the Fronx and not shared with any other Maruti models.
The Fronx also borrows elements from the Baleno hatchback – like the raised waistline with prominent ridges on the rear wheels and the sloping roofline towards the tailgate. In terms of dimensions, the Fronx is 3,995mm long, 1,550mm high and 1,765mm wide – similar to the Baleno.
On the inside, too, the Fronx shares many points with the Baleno, including the dashboard, seats and equipment list – all of which are expected to mirror the premium Maruti hatchback. However, both models will have differences in textures and shades, among other bits.
Maruti Fronx SUV coupe: Boosterjet petrol engine returns
Maruti Suzuki’s first and only turbocharged petrol engine, the 1.0-litre Boosterjet, made its debut on the previous generation Baleno model in India in 2017. The engine is positioned as a sportier alternative to the previous generation Baleno. engine line-up as standard and only in the top spec of the Baleno RS. However, due to low sales and stricter emission standards, Maruti Suzuki had to discontinue production of this engine.
But the turbocharger is now back with the Fronx, making 100 hp and 147.6 Nm of torque. It is paired with the option of a five-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic (with paddle shifters).
In addition, Maruti also offers the K-series 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine (90 hp and 130 Nm) mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or an AMT automatic transmission. However, unlike the Grand Vitara, AWD technology is not available on the Fronx.
Maruti Fronx SUV coupe: launch details
The Fronx will go on sale in April and will be positioned as a premium compact SUV. Like the Baleno, it will retail through Nexa stores. Once launched, it will compete with high-rise hatchbacks and compact SUVs such as the Citroen C3, Tata Punch, Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger.