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Suzuki Fronx 2023: small SUV to replace Baleno confirmed for Australia


Suzuki Australia has announced it will bring a new SUV to Australia, replacing the last Baleno model 

Suzuki Australia has confirmed that it will introduce a new SUV to market very soon and it will be called the Fronx. 

Sized above the Baleno model but below the Vitara, the Fronx will join a range of Suzuki models in Australia including the Ignis and the Swift

The Fronx is likely to compete with other small SUVs such as the Hyundai Venue, Mazda CX-3 and the Kia Seltos

Suzuki Fronx 2023 front 3/4 driving shot
The Suzuki Fronx small SUV has been announced for Australia

While most of the local specification is still unconfirmed by Suzuki Australia, technology such as a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, a wireless phone charger and rear air conditioning vents will be standard. 

Further information on specifications, features and pricing will be released by Suzuki Australia at a later date. 

What else do we know about the new Fronx SUV?

Suzuki Fronx 2023 front 3/4 static wide
Up to five variants will be available for the new Fronx

While Suzuki Australia has been quiet about what the Fronx will offer, several overseas outlets have confirmed further specification details about the brand’s new SUV. 

In overseas markets, outlet Cartoq says five variants will be available at launch (in India): Sigma, Delta, Delta+, Zeta and Alpha. 

There will also be the choice of two powertrains for buyers: a 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet three-cylinder engine or a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine.

Suzuki Fronx 2023 1.0-litre boosterjet engine
The tiny 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder used in the Fronx

The Boosterjet variant will have outputs of 73kW/147Nm, while the naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre engine will produce 66kW/113Nm

The turbo-petrol engine will get the option of either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The naturally-aspirated engine will be available with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. 

Specification breakdown of the new Fronx SUV 

Suzuki Fronx 2023 wireless charging pad
Wireless charging will be standard on higher grades

Although unconfirmed for Australia, Autocar India has reported on the specification breakdown for the Fronx for its region. 

The base Sigma will come standard with halogen headlights, steel wheels, keyless entry, fabric seats, dual airbags, reverse parking sensors and electronic stability control. 

The Delta adds a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, the Smartplay Pro infotainment system, USB and bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker sound system and steering wheel-mounted control buttons. The Delta+ variant adds LED headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels. 

Suzuki Fronx 2023 infotainment touchscreen
A 7.0-inch touchscreen will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Next up is the Zeta variant that adds a wireless phone charger, paddle shifters (auto only), a larger six-speaker sound system, USB fast charging points and a rear-view camera. 

The top-spec Alpha model gets 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, a head-up display and a 360-degree camera. 

It’s expected that Australia will receive the higher spec models to suit local tastes.

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