Suzuki leads from the Fronx

Riley Riley

Suzuki has a brand new, never before seen model on the way called Fronx.

Based on the same platform as its best-selling Baleno hatch (and Swift), Fronx will replace the best-selling Baleno — at least for the time being.

That’s because the current Baleno has come to the end of the line and Suzuki Australia is waiting on a replacement.

Fronx is designed and built in India by the Maruti division and will slot between Ignis and Vitara.

Suzuki says all-new Fronx is a new-genre SUV with coupe styling that’s strong and fluid with an easy-to-drive compact body.

No word yet on what engine or engines will power the compact crosser, but it will most likely be either its Boosterjet 1.0-litre three cylinder turbo petrol or 1.2-litre four cylinder naturally aspirated engine.

A 1.0-litre mild hybrid is also a possibility.

The Boosterjet produces 73kW/147Nm, while the naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre engine is good for 66kW/113Nm.

The turbo engine is hooked up to a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed auto, while the naturally-aspirated engine gets a five-speed manual or five-speed auto.

Measuring 3995mm long, 1765mm wide and standing 1550mm tall, with a 2520mm wheelbase, raked coupe lines, bold front grille and slit LED headlights, combine to give the car a a more dynamic look than other models in the lineup.

In addition to the high-quality interior which makes efficient use of space, advanced equipment includes a 360 degree camera, 9.0-inch touchscreen, head-up display, satellite navigation, wireless charger wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus rear-seat air conditioning vents.

A six-speaker Arkamys stereo is available on some models.

Suzuki Australia’s Michael Pachota said the introduction of Fronx is another stepping stone for Suzuki to solidify its presence in the light SUV segment in Australia.

“With the launch of the all new Fronx, we’re combining unique sporty styling with SUV heritage, to deliver an exciting new product to our line-up,” he said.

“Not only solidifying our presence in the light SUV segment, but this vehicle will also open the doors to younger buyers looking to upgrade from a smaller hatchback to an SUV”

Further details will be revealed closer to launch, at this stage not until early 2024.


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