Suzuki’s India subsidiary Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) is all set to add two new vehicles to its product portfolio. We’ll talk about the other one in a different story, but for this story, it’s gonna be the ‘Fronx’. Pricing info is yet to be shared, but the Fronx will be sold via MSIL’s NEXA retail chain.
As you might have guessed, the Fronx is a “cross” version (or, a jacked-up version, if you prefer) of the popular Baleno hatchback, which could mean that there might be a Toyota version in the works. The styling department has done a pretty good job I think in making the Fronx look fairly handsome. Of course, the styling elements have been borrowed from the new Grand Vitara, which I think is a good thing. The bold front fascia, the light bar at the rear, the fat wheel arches, and the overall muscular stance.. will appeal to the younger generation for sure.
For those interested to know the dimensions, the Fronx measures 3,995 mm long, 1,765 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,520 mm. The crossover rides on 16-inch alloy wheels. In addition to 5 monotone body color options, you got 3 dual-tone options as well.
On the inside, things look pretty familiar. I mean, the dashboard looks pretty similar to that of the Grand Vitara, which again, is not a bad thing at all. Key features depending on the trim include a 9-inch SmartPlay Pro+ touchscreen; wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay connectivity; tilt & telescopic steering wheel; height-adjustable driver seat; auto AC; front & rear USB ports; a head-up display, and more. Safety kit includes airbags, ABS + EBD, ESP, rear parking sensors, rear defogger, hill-hold assist, 360-degree camera view, and a few more. Download the brochure here.
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Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the Fronx offers two powertrain options. The 1.2-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine is coupled with a mild-hybrid system, offering 66 kW (90 metric hp) and 113 Nm (83 lb-ft) of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT.
For driving enthusiasts, MSIL will offer a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 74 kW (101 metric hp) and 148 Nm (109 lb-ft) of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
There are no all-wheel-drive options, so don’t be stupid and take the Fronx off-roading or do really stupid things in front of the beach.