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.
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.
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.