Revealed: New Suzuki Across based on Toyota RAV4

Published 01 July 2020

Suzuki has revealed a new, plug-in hybrid SUV - called the Across. It's the first Suzuki to gain a plug-in hybrid setup, and is based on the Toyota RAV4 following a partnership between the two manufacturers to collaborate on various new models.

The Suzuki Across is the first model to emerge from the collaboration, with Toyota saying last March that it would produce two electrified vehicles for the European market based on the RAV4 and Corolla estate - the latter of which will be produced towards the end of 2020.

The new Across certainly looks a lot like Toyota's RAV4, even on the inside. The Across features a largely identical interior layout with the RAV4’s 9-inch touchscreen display features as standard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available and there's a range of storage bins throughout the cabin. An electrical accessory socket is fitted in the SUV’s 490-litre boot, too.

The electrified powertrain is the same as you'll see in the new RAV4 PHEV and comprises of a 175PS 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder paired to two electric motors - one with 134kW on the front axle and another with 40kW at the rear. It claims a top speed of 112mph.

Combined, the system has an output of 180PS and 270Nm of torque – which Suzuki says will offer a maximum all-electric range of 47 miles. The Across also emits 22g/km of CO2 on the WLTP combined cycle, compared to the RAV4 PHEV’s 29/gm. There are no economy figures available yet, though.

Suzuki Across Interior

An electronic four-wheel drive system, called E-Four, features as standard too. It can split torque between the two axles in ratios - which Suzuki says provides "enhanced stability during take-off on slippery surfaces such as snow covered roads, and confident handling."

The Across is also equipped with a Trail Mode function that maximises grip on slippery surfaces by diverting power away from wheels that are losing grip towards wheels that have good traction.  

Safety features include a pre-collision system, lane-keep assist, road sign assist, dynamic cruise control, a blind spot monitor and Suzuki’s eCall system - which alerts the emergency services in the event of an accident. 

LED headlights and daytime-running lights, and 19-inch alloy wheels come as standard - while paintwork colours include white, silver, black, red, grey and blue. 

Suzuki has confirmed that sales of the Across will commence in the UK this autumn, but prices have not been confirmed. However, we expect it'll start at a similar price to the Toyota RAV4: £33,450.

Suzuki Across Rear

Comments

gavsmit    on 2 July 2020

Unless the Suzuki versions of Toyota cars are significantly cheaper, I'm not sure why you'd buy them? Toyotas also have a 5 year / 100,000 mile warranty whereas Suzuki is 3 years and 60,000 miles.

That said, I prefer the front end styling of the Across versus the RAV4.

Falkirk Bairn    on 3 July 2020

It appears that the Suzuki is a badged version of a Toyota have in China which differs from the Toyota version sold in the UK - slightly different front & back ends..

Badge engineering BMC/BL style.?

soldierboy 001    on 6 July 2020

Wallet engineering, keeps cost down. and variations aplenty.

gordonbennet    on 10 July 2020

As Gavsmit said, unless its likely to be considerably cheaper than the Rav4, even if it benefits from the same warranty packages re the car as a whole and the hybrid battery pack itself, then the only reason for choosing the Suzy badge would be if one preferred the looks.

If it were me, i'd prefer having experienced Toyota techs keeping that hybrid system running well.

Legion Rider    on 14 July 2020

I am a little confused with the power figures, Toyota claims just over 300 ps with combined electric and engine working together.

This sounds about right if you have a 2.5l engine producing 175ps as stated above, it then says when combined with its 134kw front and its 40kw rear motors its total power is 180ps, just 5 ps more so something does not stack up.

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