After its rigorous testing on the Indian grounds, Maruti finally unveiled its ‘Fronx’ at the Auto Expo 2023. Majorly focused on attracting the youth, the Fronx has a distinctive styling. It gets a bold stance with muscular wheel arches and SUVish body lining. It does appear to be an SUV rather than a crossover. Should we call it a compact SUV rivalling the Kia Sonet and other acclaimed members? Firstly, let’s compare it with the entry-level compact SUV- Nissan Magnite. Let’s get into the detail of our Maruti Fronx VS Nissan Magnite comparison.
Fronx vs Magnite – Design
Let us talk about the newly showcased car first. The Maruti Fronx measures 3,995mm in length, 1,765mm in width and sits on a height of 1,550mm. The car has a wheelbase of 2,520mm which is in line with the compact SUVs. The ‘Fronx’ has a bootspace of 308 litres which is decent for its category. Talking about the design, the car is imposing from every angle. It looks muscular with its bulky wheel arches, coupe-like roofline, and boats the ‘NEXwave’ grille which is inspired by the Grand Vitara.
Nissan Magnite is the highest-selling car from the brand. It stands on the dimensions of 3,994mm in length, 1,758mm in width & 1,572 mm in height. It sits on a wheelbase of 2,500mm and has a ground clearance of 205mm. The overall styling of the car is also on the bulky side with sharp-looking headlamps, evident body cladding, and more.
If we talk about the features of the Maruti, the Fronx does stand strong with plenty of them. It gets a 9.0-inch floating infotainment system, heads-up display, six airbags, ARKAMYS Surround Sense, 360-degree camera, wireless charging and many more. Overall, this car is packed with a healthy list of features which appear attractive in this segment.
The Nissan Magnite also doesn’t fail to impress with its loaded tech. This Japanese SUV gets a 9.0-inch infotainment system, Digital MID, cruise control, LED headlamps, rear AC vents, a wireless charger, wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, JBL speakers, and puddle lamps. Talking about safety, it gets front airbags, ABS, and EBD as standard. Magnite also gets more safety features like ESP, TPMS, ABS, EBD & hill start assist in its higher trims.
Fronx vs Magnite – Specifications
Maruti is offering the Fronx with two engine options. You have the ubiquitous 1.2-litre petrol engine making 89bhp and 113Nm of torque. This engine can be either paired with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. Another option is for buyers who are looking for a peppy ride. The Fronx gets the 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine option that makes 97bhp and 147Nm of torque. You can opt for this mill with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter AT.
Talking about the Magnite, it also comes with two engine options. First is the 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol 71bhp and 96Nm of torque. However, it is only available with a 5-speed manual. This is not it because it does have a powerful engine option too. This mill which makes 98bhp and 160Nm of torque is a 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual and CVT gearbox.
The pricing of the Maruti is not yet revealed but the bookings have already begun. The car has already gathered more than 1,500 bookings within a couple of days. There are chances that the pricing could start from Rs 7 to 8 lakhs. Then, if we talk about the Magnite, it starts from Rs 7.29lakh (on-road, Mumbai) and ends at Rs 12.78lakh (on-road, Mumbai) for the top-end model.
Fronx vs Magnite – Which one to pick?
Though the pricing of the Fronx is not yet revealed but we can expect it to start from the aforementioned number. The Magnite is already a spacious car but if we compare it to the Fronx, it is smaller. So, if you want a spacious cabin, the Fronx could be your car of choice. However, if you want to go in the compact SUV segment, the Magnite gives a considerate value for money-proposition. It gets a powerful engine, better boot space, higher ground clearance and more.
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