Are their efficiency, equipment and space enough to convince us?

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Are their efficiency, equipment and space enough to convince us?

On Mexico There is a distinct segment where all volume brands want to hit and hit hard. It’s no secret that B-SUVs are the cars of the moment and their importance is that there are brands that have more than one representative of that group. Suzuki is one of them and its offensive is led by a truck that you can definitely say “looks different.” This is about Suzuki Fronx.

First of all, let’s clarify a couple of things and that is that in this case Fronx is an improvement on Maruti Suzuki the association that the brand has in India from where they produce this unique truck and that, thus, has the mission of conquering emerging markets.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

BELLY 3.9 meters tall and want to make the day difficult for small trucks like Chirey Tiggo 2 Pro, SEAT Arona, VW Taigun or Toyota Raize. Its strong points are efficiency, low weight, good use of cabin space, decent equipment and essential safety. 439,900 pesos.

Different design proposal

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

At first glance it sounds great, but it’s better to check carefully to see if what makes the theory convincing translates into reality. The first point where it tries to convince us is the visual section. And although when you see it in person you notice that it has steps and is closer to a subcompact hatchback, it has visual treatment enough attached to the aesthetics of a truck that it manages to convince you.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

Just see how silver plastics on the front lip, sides, roof rails and rear bumper to give that look as if it has a metal underbody protector like a pure off-roader, although in this case they are decorative plastic . It adds a black plastic outline shiny and bulging, square wheel arches that do a lot to give it the solid stance that most want in a truck.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

If we increase it LED headlights divided into two sections, the LED skeletons connected in the center by a light strip, 16” wheels and the ease​​​​​​ of having dual-tone bodywork, in addition to the many character lines throughout the body, really make me believe that this is the Suzuki that has the most attention to detail in terms of design. It’s the most dangerous and the one that gets my attention the most, of course after a good Swift Sport.

As I said, I like the proposal, but there is one outstanding point that I would change. And like other trucks that use this trend of headlights separated into two sections, I’m afraid of the position of the main units. They are very low and outside, so even if they are well attached, we know that damage from a stone on the road or even a small collision can damage the units and I believe, these spare parts are expensive.

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A more mature interior with a better perception of quality

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it on the outside, but the Fronx shares a lot of features with the new Suzuki Baleno and it’s equally obvious on the inside – almost everything. Which I explain, is not bad, because the new generation of Suzuki interiors has finally moved from very simple designs and interfaces with little refinement.

First of all, it should be clear that everything you see and almost everything you touch will be created hard materials, Fortunately, Suzuki dressed it up with silver and brown contrasts that make the interior look beautiful. It doesn’t feel cheap or tacky. I also have to applaud that the last Suzukis I drove didn’t feel as “sounding” as they used to.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

In terms of equipment, the first thing that caught my attention was new screen compatible with AApple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly now faster, with better definition, more informative menus and an interface that seems more mature and not as basic as the previous one.

Here I stop to remind you that Suzuki has only one version of this Fronx in Mexico, it is part of the level Boostergreen and so everything you see here is what you take home.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

Well, to continue we see things like single-zone automatic A/C, wireless cell phone charger, traditional handbrake, seats upholstered in dual-tone fabric, multifunctional steering wheel, analog instrument panel with classic Suzuki color screen and even in a head up display with different views.

In terms of comfort and connectivity, I don’t think it really lacks any essentials. Maybe the only thing I need is a central armrest with more space because the one it has is limited in space and there is no Automatic activation locks with speed.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

on security Suzuki gave us the essentials: 6 airbags, ABS brakes, electronic stability control and reverse camera. Despite this added a system of 360 vision which is highly appreciated for parking in difficult places.

We know and we can see that the Fronx is a small truck, but one thing that surprised me was how Suzuki took advantage of the structure. Heartec to give it a surprisingly spacious interior, for a pickup truck. 3.9 meters tall. With my 1.75 in height, I fit perfectly and comfortably in the back area. Of course, where there is a sacrifice is in the trunk area because with only 304 liter capacity, It is not the largest trunk in the segment, as most of its rivals are over 350 liters.

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I tested it on the road, but I had to drive it in the city and this is how it went:

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

Driving the Fronx is not a new experience for me, because a few months ago when the brand presented it, I had the opportunity to drive it over 200 km of highway in Baja California Norte.

I can tell you that for the road it is a truck feeling LIGHT, whose platform is well resolved so that within its size and part it feels smooth and very confident, even if the side movements tend to be small. However, the steering has a full urban focus, just like the rest of the truck. There is enough game in the center and it’s not the one with the biggest and best reaction.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

Wow in that sense it’s unnatural. At sea level, even with a small engine, it works without problems, because its weight is almost one ton. By the way, its engine is a 1.5 liters of atmosphere and four cylinders supported by a 12V microhybrid system.

The total power is 102 hp and 101 lb-ft per although the small electric motor and its battery have the capacity to provide momentary support of 41 lb-ft of torque in specific maneuvers, such as starting from a stop or passing, to take the load from combustion engine in instances where it consumes more to try to be more efficient.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

Wow, it’s not a traditional hybrid where the Fronx sometimes works with electric power, but at least it has enough power to keep the Start and Stop system active for longer or power the other electrical elements of the car . All the power reaches the floor thanks to a 6 speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive system.

Already in the city and especially here in CDMX which is more than 2,200 meters above sea level, it can be noticed that this small engine is more difficult to get electricity. Let’s see! Suzuki from the beginning never chased a truck with sudden and sporty reactions, but you feel you should. give more time of the machine to operate.

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Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

Also, although the box makes changes at a good speed, sometimes it feels hesitant whether to keep the gear we are riding or to lower one to give us a more powerful movement and at times you smoothly speed while in traffic situations it feels heavy. little pull to decide what to use.

Of course, even if there is a drive that is not fast, navigating the obstacles in the city is completely easy with smooth qualities, suspension tuning and visibility. Definitely a great city truck.

To grow I guess I’ll just say that I’d like to see disc brakes on all four wheels, because even though they’re light and from an engineering perspective they’re not absolutely necessary, there’s no way to have maximum security and safety at all times.

To finish, CONSUMPTION, on the highway on that occasion at high speed we got 11.4 km/l. At a lighter pace we can reach 16 km/l. Here in the city the best consumption is at 14.7 km/lit the worst of 12.1 km/l. There is nothing wrong.

This already convinces me, but how does it stack up against other B-SUVs?

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

Overall, the Suzuki Fronx ranks as one of the most complete offerings in its group in terms of size and price. By the way, Fronx is worth the $439,990, Well, to get a model with advanced support in this regard, you usually have to spend 20,000 pesos or more to get something like this.

Are Their Efficiency, Equipment And Space Enough To Convince Us?

However, for the price range of Fronx there are some models that offer a better driving experience in different sections, also more capacity in the trunk and interior. Although as always in this business, it’s all a matter of view and what we are looking for for our needs. Also to finish conquering the entry segment, I think it would be great to have options with the same level of safety, but perhaps with a somewhat limited exterior and comfortable equipment, to give better prices. Although I have a feeling that the brand does not do this because it cannibalize sales of the Baleno itself and the king of the house, the Swift.

By the way, depending on the location, even a microhybrid, this Fronx can be obtained green plates so there are many incentives to become one of them.