The newly launched Tata Nexon facelift, a sub-compact SUV, is currently all the rage in the country. The Nexon facelift competes in the highly competitive sub-4 meter SUV segment; it already had a lot of competition before. However, recently, Maruti Suzuki also launched a new crossover in the Indian market – the Fronx. It now also competes with the Nexon in terms of pricing. So, recently, in order to find out which of these two cars offers better performance, a drag race was held. The video of this drag race has now been shared online.
The all-new Nexon facelift drag race against the Maruti Suzuki Fronx crossover SUV has been shared on YouTube by Power On Wheel on their channel. The video starts off with the introduction of the two SUVs by the presenter. He mentions that the Fronx is Maruti Suzuki’s newest offering and it sits just underneath the sub-compact SUV segment in a market of its own. He then added that the other car for the drag race is the newly launched Nexon facelift.
Following this, he mentions the power figures of the cars. The Fronx present at the drag race is the more powerful Turbo petrol variant of the crossover. It comes powered by a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged Boosterjet engine. In terms of power, it produces a maximum of 100 bhp and 148 Nm of torque. Next up, the presenter in the video states that the Nexon facelift makes around 88 PS of power, which is incorrect. The Nexon facelift used for the drag race in the video is powered by a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces a maximum of 170 Nm of torque.
After the introduction of the two cars, the presenter then takes the driving seat in the Nexon facelift, and the other person gets behind the wheel of the Fronx. Next up, they both line up on the drag race start line, and when another young man outside drops the cloth, both cars take off from the line. Soon after the drop, the Maruti Suzuki Fronx takes a jump ahead of the Tata Nexon and creates a massive gap. No matter how hard the Nexon driver tries, he could not get any closer to the Fronx.
Soon after this, at the time of their return, the presenter leaves the Nexon facelift and gets behind the steering wheel of the Fronx. Meanwhile, the Fronx driver gets to drive the Nexon facelift. After changing the cars, the presenter mentions that after the beep of the third horn from him, they will start the drag race. In the following moment, he blares the horn for the third time, and once again, the Fronx gets a good start off the line and gets ahead. The Nexon facelift driven by the presenter once again gets left in the dust.
Now, any normal viewer who first saw the powertrain specifications listed above would assume that the Nexon facelift, being the more powerful of the two, should have breezed past the Fronx Turbo in the race. However, that does not happen. Now the primary reason for this astonishing result is the power-to-weight ratio. The Nexon facelift, although on paper is more powerful, it also has more weight.
The Maruti Suzuki Fronx, on the other hand, is smaller and lighter in weight in comparison to the Nexon facelift. So what happens with lesser weight is that the power-to-weight ratio of the Fronx becomes more, and because of this, it launches off the line very quickly.