Which Is Best: The Maruti Suzuki Fronx or Brezza?

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Which Is Best: The Maruti Suzuki Fronx or Brezza? (Image: Marutisuzuki.com)
Which Is Best: The Maruti Suzuki Fronx or Brezza? (Image: Marutisuzuki.com)

Delhi : Maruti Suzuki's Baleno-based coupe-SUV, the Fronx, was one of the most notable debuts at Auto Expo 2023. The new model will sit alongside the Brezza compact SUV in Maruti's lineup, but will be sold through Nexa dealerships, as opposed to Arena dealerships for the Brezza.

Choosing between the two can be difficult because they both belong to the small SUV sector, but we explain how they differ on paper.

Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs. Maruti Suzuki Brezza: Powertrain

One of the most noticeable distinctions between the Maruti compact SUVs is located under the hood. The Fronx is available with two engines: a 90hp/113Nm 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 100hp/147.6Nm 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine.

The latter has the choice of a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox or a 5-speed manual transmission, whereas the former is paired with an AMT or a 5-speed manual transmission.

103 horsepower and 137 Nm of torque are produced by the 1.5-liter K-series engine in the Brezza. A 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox or a 5-speed manual gearbox can be used with the engine. Maruti Suzuki also displayed the Brezza CNG at Auto Expo 2023; this vehicle would be the first CNG-powered vehicle with an automatic transmission available on the market.

Comparing the exteriors of the Maruti Suzuki Fronx with the Brezza

These two SUVs' outward appearance is yet another significant distinction. The Fronx has a curving roof line, whilst the Brezza has more traditional SUV appearance with a straight roof.

The Brezza adheres to a boxy design language, but the Fronx adheres to a more curvy design language with few straight lines.

The Fronx adheres to Nexa's design philosophy, with three-block LED daytime running lights (DRLs) in the front and three-block LED taillights joined through a light bar in top-tier models. In the meantime, the Brezza gets L-shaped DRLs and slim LED tail lamps with Brezza inscription between the two tail lamps. The Fronx now has 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Brezza has 16-inch alloy wheels.

Interior Differences Between Maruti Suzuki Fronx and Maruti Suzuki Brezza

Both are outfitted with Maruti's new 9.0-inch SmartPlay Pro+ software on the inside. Both have the same toggle switches and HVAC controls.

Whereas the Brezza's trim elements flow from the dash to the centre console, the Fronx's trim elements are limited to the top half of the dashboard. The Brezza has a flat dashboard, whilst the Fronx has a more flowing appearance.

Surprisingly, the Brezza is one of two Maruti vehicles with a sunroof; the Grand Vitara has a panoramic sunroof. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 360-degree cameras, head-up display, cruise control, and wireless charging are all standard features on the Fronx and Brezza.

Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs. Maruti Suzuki Brezza: platform and size

Because the Fronx is based on the Baleno, it is supported by Maruti's Heartect platform. The Brezza, on the other hand, is built on the TECT platform, which is simply a rebranded version of the Global C platform that backed its predecessor.

Both fall into the sub-4m category and are eligible for different government subsidies. The Fronx is 3,995mm long, 1,765mm wide, and 1,550mm tall, with a 2,520mm wheelbase. The Brezza is the same overall length as the Fronx, but is 25mm wider and 135mm taller. The Brezza, on the other hand, has a 20mm shorter wheelbase than the Fronx. The Fronx's ground clearance is only 8mm lower than the Brezza's, at 190mm.

Maruti Suzuki Fronx versus Maruti Suzuki Brezza: competitors and positioning

Surprisingly, the Fronx and Brezza compete against the same SUVs, including the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Nissan Magnite, and Renault Kiger. Where they will vary is in Maruti's portfolio positioning. As previously stated, the Fronx will be sold through Nexa, the brand's more premium dealership network, while the Brezza will be sold through Arena, the brand's more mainstream dealership network. The main distinction will be the buying experience provided by each dealership.

The Fronx will go on sale in April and is likely to cost between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 11 lakh. The Brezza costs between Rs 7.99 lakh and Rs 13.80 lakh (ex-showroom, India).