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 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 in the Suzuki range.

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 headlights, combine to give the car
a more dynamic look than other models in the line-up.

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 and 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.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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