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Rising Dominance of CNG Cars in India: Maruti Suzuki Fronx Challenges Baleno in the CNG Market

New Delhi. The dominance of CNG cars is increasing in India. This is the reason why car companies are now increasing the number of their CNG models in the market. People prefer CNG cars more because they offer better mileage. While a petrol car provides an average mileage of 14-18 kmpl, a CNG car easily provides a mileage of 20-25 km/kg. CNG prices are lower than petrol, and due to the higher mileage, they become more cost-effective to operate.

Just like petrol cars, Maruti Suzuki holds a significant share in the CNG passenger car market with 69%. To understand how big Maruti’s share is, one can estimate from the fact that the company has sold 115,484 CNG cars in the first six months of 2023. Maruti continues to expand its range of CNG models and recently launched its new crossover SUV named Fronx in the CNG segment. It’s worth noting that this car might pose a challenge for Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

Fronx CNG Offers Impressive Mileage

Maruti Suzuki Baleno CNG has a certified mileage of 30.61 km/kg, while Fronx provides 28.51 km/kg. When it comes to pricing, there is a tough competition between the two cars. The CNG model of Maruti Baleno (Delta CNG) starts at 8.35 lakh rupees (ex-showroom), while the CNG model of Fronx (Sigma CNG) starts at 8.41 lakh rupees (ex-showroom). There is not much difference in the mileage between Baleno CNG and Fronx CNG. Moreover, Fronx is only 6,000 rupees more expensive than Baleno.

Engine and Specifications

Both Baleno and Fronx have similar power figures. Both cars come with a 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1197 cc, generating 76.43bhp of power and 98.5Nm of torque. Both cars are available with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic gearbox. However, in terms of space, Fronx is slightly better than Baleno. Due to its larger size, Fronx provides a bit more interior space. Since its launch in April, Fronx has been performing well in terms of sales, with 7,991 units sold in June.

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