Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno-based SUV coupe, the Fronx, was unveiled at Auto Expo 2023. This new SUV coupe will be available from April through the brand’s Nexa stores. Maruti Fronx reservations open today.
The Maruti Fronx SUV Coupe gets a fresh yet familiar look:
The Fronx, the first compact SUV coupe for Maruti’s Nexa chain, is based in Baleno. That is, it is backed by the Heartect monocoque platform. Besides a few body panels shared on the exterior, the Fronx gets a more upright nose and split headlamp setup similar to the Grand Vitara.
The new front and rear bumpers are chunkier with dedicated faux skid plates and subtle chrome on each end. It is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels sporting a new design, again unique to the Fronx and not shared with other Maruti models.
The Fronx also borrows elements from the Baleno hatchback. For example, there is a waistline that juts out over the rear wheels and a roofline that drops noticeably towards the tailgate. The Fronx is similar to the Baleno at 3,995mm long, 1,550mm high and 1,765mm wide.
Even inside, the Fronx shares much with the Baleno, including the dashboard, seating and equipment list. All of this is expected to mirror the premium Maruti hatchback. However, both models have differences in texture and shade.
Maruti Fronx SUV Coupe: The Boosterjet petrol engine makes a comeback:
Maruti Suzuki’s first and only turbo petrol engine, the 1.0-liter Boosterjet, debuted in India’s previous generation Baleno in 2017. This engine is positioned as a sporty alternative to the standard engine lineup and features the top-spec Baleno RS. However, due to poor sales and strict emission standards, Maruti Suzuki had to discontinue the engine.
However, the turbo motor now returns with the Fronx, producing 100hp and 147.6 Nm of torque. It mates with the option of a 5-speed manual or 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.
Maruti also offers a 1.2-liter K-series (90 hp and 113 Nm) naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual or AMT automatic transmission. However, unlike the Grand Vitara, AWD technology is not available on the Fronx.
Maruti Fronx SUV Coupe: Launch Details
The Prongs will go on sale in April and establish itself as a premium compact SUV. Like Baleno, it will be sold through Nexa stores. After launch, it will challenge high-riding hatchbacks and compact SUVs such as the Citroen C3, Tata Punch, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger.