Maruti Suzuki Fronx Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno: What's different?

Kenneth John Published: January 16, 2023, 11:27 AM IST

For a while now we have been under the impression that the new crossover from Maruti Suzuki would be a butched up Baleno but now we know that the Maruti Suzuki Fronx is a mini-size version of the Grant Vitara. Let's dive in and look at what actually separates the Fronx from the Baleno.

Maruti Suzuki Fronx Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno: Design

The front end of the Fronx has a Grand Vitara-inspired big front grille and split LED headlamp arrangement. Its massive wheel arches and sloping roofline give it a crossover-like appearance when viewed from the side. Maruti has opted for the linked taillight which is situated in the upright backside, like the Grand Vitara, at the rear of the SUV. The overall posture resembles a crossover more so than a traditional SUV.

The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Baleno doesn't look all that different from the previous model. Yes, a new set of LED DRLs and a new grille are onboard, but the overall look is quite similar, which is not a bad thing as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is one of the most desirable hatchbacks in the country. The new Maruti Suzuki Baleno also comes with LED fog lamps and a new set of 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear end isn't all that much changed either but a new set of brake lights does make the car stand out from the outgoing model.

Maruti Suzuki Fronx Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno: Powertrain

In its most recent iteration of the Fronx, the 1-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine is mated to a mild hybrid system for the first time, which together churns out 100PS and 149Nm of torque. A six-speed CVT or a five-speed manual transmission is used to send power to the front wheels.

The one thing the Baleno and Fronx share in common is the current 1.2-litre Dual Jet normally aspirated (NA) petrol engine, which produces 90PS and 113Nm, is another available powerplant. The front wheels of this vehicle receive power from the engine through a five-speed manual transmission and an AMT option.

Maruti Suzuki Fronx Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno: Interior and Features

The Fronx has a comparable cabin layout and considering that the hatchback's cabin is sufficiently upscale, we have no issues in that regard. The central element is a free-standing nine-inch touchscreen screen. The other amenities are identical to those of the hatchback, including a top-quality audio system, automated temperature control, a sunroof, and a 360-degree camera. Although the upholstery's design is identical to that of the Grand Vitara, the regular fabric is used instead of leather. Maruti spared no expense when it came to safety, equipping the car with six airbags, ESC, ABS with EBD, hill-descent control, and rear parking sensors.

The biggest changes to the Maruti Suzuki Baleno are on the inside as Maruti Suzuki has equipped the new Baleno with first in class heads-up display and a 360-degree camera. The Baleno comes with a 9-inch SmartPlay Pro+ Infotainment system. The new infotainment system comes with a High-Definition display, an intuitive user interface with advanced Voice Assist. It will also boast premium sound acoustic tuning through "Surround Sense" powered by ARKAMYS. Suzuki Connect, the next-generation telematics technology, is standard on the New Age Baleno. The New Age Maruti Suzuki Baleno is also equipped with 6 airbags (driver, co-driver, side and curtain). The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is secured with ESP and Hill Hold Assist. Other safety features include ABS with EBD, Driver & Co-driver seat belt reminders, rear parking sensors & a high-speed alert system as standard across all variants.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 6.35 Lakhs
Max Power(ps)
Max Torque(Nm)
22.94 Kmpl

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