Suzuki is expanding its utility range in Europe with the addition of the new Across plug-in hybrid SUV. Basically a rebadged version of Toyota’s RAV4 Prime PHEV, the model becomes the first fruit of the cooperation between the Japanese firm and Toyota announced last year.
Visually, there is certainly no error on the foundations of Toyota under the body, but at least the Across gets some visual revisions to differentiate it from the original. These include a modified front fascia with a larger grille and more stylish LED headlights. The side profile remains almost unchanged and the situation is similar at the rear. When sales in Europe begin this fall, the ecological SUV will be offered with a choice of six colors.
Under the familiar skin, the Across is based on a rechargeable hybrid system composed of a 2.5-liter petrol engine, supported by two electric motors, one for each axle, and a ground battery of 18.1 kWh . The four-cylinder combustion engine generates 173 horsepower (129 kilowatts), while the electric motors add 180 and 54 hp (134 and 40 kW) respectively. Combined horsepower has not been announced, but the RAV4 Prime PHEV offers 302 hp (225 kW) and we expect the Across to have the same peak power.
Suzuki promises a range of 75 kilometers (46 miles) in purely electric power before the 2.5-liter engine intervenes with combined CO2 emissions of 22 grams per kilometer measured by WLTP standards. The maximum speed is estimated at 112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour).
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Depending on the condition, the powertrain can provide a rear torque variation ranging from 100: 00 to 20:80. The Across is also equipped with Trail mode, which acts as an automatic limited slip control that provides “the best grip and control on slippery surfaces”. It is a system which applies the brakes to the wheels which begin to lose grip and redirects the torque to the wheels which maintain grip.