Maruti Fronx Now Offers More Safety at Lower Price

New variants of the Maruti Fronx have been launched with added safety kit. Fronx is a crossover SUV which is based on the Baleno premium hatchback. It comes with multiple powertrain options to cater to a wide range of audiences. Maruti Suzuki is not known for offering cars with high safety ratings. In order to work on that, it is now offering more safety features in its products. For instance, the new Swift now gets 6 airbags across the range. Similarly, the new Delta Plus (O) variant of the Fronx also gets 6 airbags. This trim comes with a manual, as well as an automatic transmission. Let us take a look at the details of this new trim.

Maruti Fronx Delta Plus (O)

The new Delta Plus (O) variant of the Maruti Fronx has been launched at a price of Rs 8.93 lakh, ex-showroom. This model can also be paired to an AMT gearbox which costs Rs 9.43 lakh, ex-showroom. In addition to offering 6 airbags in this trim, the new variants also get a tyre puncture repair kit instead of a spare wheel. This trim is available at a premium of just Rs 15,000 over the standard Delta Plus trim. That makes it great value for money to get the safety of 6 airbags instead of just 2 in the Delta Plus variant. Now, only the Sigma range remains with just two airbags. That is a step in the right direction as more customers get access to 6 airbags. Also, these new variants are solely available with the 1.2-litre trim and not the 1.0-litre turbo version.

Maruti Fronx Delta Plus (O) vs Tata Punch Creative DT – Price Comparison

As already mentioned, the Maruti Fronx Delta Plus (O) trim has a price tag of Rs 8.93 lakh for the manual and Rs 9.43 lakh for the AMT. In comparison, the Tata Punch Creative DT sells for Rs 8.85 lakh, while the Creative DT AMT has a price tag of Rs 9.45 lakh, ex-showroom. Hence, these trims are almost identical in terms of price.

Price Comparison Maruti Fronx Delta Plus (O) Tata Punch Creative DT
Manual Rs 8.93 lakh Rs 8.85 lakh
Automatic Rs 9.43 lakh Rs 9.45 lakh
All Prices Ex-Showroom

Maruti Fronx Delta Plus (O) vs Tata Punch Creative DT – Specs and Mileage

The Maruti Fronx comes with a familiar 1.2-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine which generates a healthy 90 PS and 113 Nm of peak power and torque. There are options of choosing between either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The mileage in the manual trim is a healthy 21.79 kmpl, while it is slightly higher in the AMT version at 22.89 kmpl. There is also a CNG trim which uses the same engine but outputs a lower 78 PS and 99 Nm of peak power and torque. The 1.0-litre turbo engine generates a remarkable 100 PS and 147 Nm of peak power and torque. This engine pairs with either a 5-speed manual or an automatic transmission. It is for those who are seeking dynamic performance.

On the other hand, the Tata Punch comes with a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine which generates a decent 88 PS and 115 Nm of peak power and torque. There is an option of choosing between either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. Just like the Fronx, this same engine can also be purchased with a CNG option in which avatar, it produces 74 PS and 103 Nm of peak power and torque. The mileage figures with the petrol MT is a decent 20.09 kmpl, whereas with the AMT gearbox, it is 18.8 kmpl. Hence, potential buyers have a wide range of alternatives to choose from.

Specs Comparison Maruti Fronx Tata Punch
Engine 1.2L P / 1.0L Turbo P / CNG 1.2L P / CNG
Power 90 PS / 100 PS / 78 PS 88 PS / 74 PS
Torque 113 Nm / 147 PS / 99 Nm 115 Nm / 103 Nm
Transmission 5MT / AMT / AT 5MT / AMT
Mileage 21.79 kmpl (MT) / 22.89 kmpl (AMT) / 20.01 kmpl (AT) 20.09 kmpl (MT) / 18.8 kmpl (AMT)
Specs Comparison

Safety Features

I must mention here that Tata Punch boasts a full 5-star safety rating at the Global NCAP. In fact, that is one of the major reasons why people prefer it over the competition. That also makes it one of the most affordable cars in the country with that safety rating. On the other hand, the Maruti Fronx has not been crash-tested yet. Therefore, it remains to be seen how it performs on the NCAP testing. Still, the safety features comparison between these two is shown in the table below.

Maruti Fronx (Delta Plus (O)) Tata Punch (Creative)
6 Airbags 2 Airbags
Reverse Parking Sensors ABS & EBD with Brake Sway Control
Electronic Stability Program Rear Parking Sensor
ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
Hill Hold Assist Reverse Parking Camera
Anti-Theft Security Alarm Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
All 3-point ELR Seat Belts Traction Pro
Safety Features Comparison

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