Suzuki Across Hybrid

Suzuki Launches Across PHEV in EU, but it’s Only a Rebadged RAV4

The Japanese SUV will be competing with other PHEV family SUVs like the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV, and the Ford Kuga PHEV.

Suzuki launched its first plug-in hybrid in Europe. However, the Across PHEV is only a rebadged version of the Toyota RAV4 Prime, as part of a collaboration between the companies.

The design of the SUV is basically the same as the Toyota RAV4, with some slight changes. The front fascia features a larger grille and sleek looking LED headlights. However, the sides and the rear remain unchanged, except for some Suzuki badging on the trunk lid.

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The Across uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 2.5-liter gas engine and two electric motors, one for each axle, coupled to an 18.1-kWh battery pack.

Suzuki still hasn’t revealed official specs yet. However, since we know it’s a RAV4 Prime underneath, the combined output should be around 302 hp, and the electric-only range around 46 miles, with 22 gr/km CO2 emissions.

Suzuki Across Hybrid

Meanwhile, the Across has a Trail driving mode with automatic limited-slip differential control for increased off-road traction. The powertrain can also vary the rear torque delivery at ratios ranging from 100:0 to 20:80.

Inside, the Across will be loaded with interesting features, such as a multifunctional steering wheel and a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Practicality is also excellent, with a range of storage bins and cup holders as well as a boot space of 490 liters.

Suzuki’s upcoming SUV also comes with a slew of safety equipment, such as pre-collision assist, lane-keeping assist, road sign assist, and blind-spot monitoring. And if that wasn’t enough, new safety features include a rear cross-traffic alert system and an active cruise control system, useful for stop-start traffic.

The Across should start around £45,600 in the UK. Since it’s pretty much a rebadged Toyota, the plug-in hybrid SUV should be a good buy. Along with the promised punchy performance and excellent practicality, the Across SUV could pose stiff competition in Europe’s hot PHEV SUV market.

Source: Suzuki

About Sahir Rahaman

Sahir Rahaman
Sahir Rahaman is a third-year college student pursuing his Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering in India. Cars has been his hobby and interest since childhood and he aims to make use of his skills learnt in Machine Learning and Computer Vision in the automotive industry. He loves American Muscle cars, Robin Williams and Photography

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