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Cars New Suzuki Across plug-in hybrid SUV has 46-mile electric range

19:16  01 july  2020
19:16  01 july  2020 Source:   carbuyer.co.uk

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Suzuki has revealed the Suzuki Across, a rebadged version of the Toyota RAV4. It’s a family-size SUV to rival the SEAT Ateca, Peugeot 3008 and Hyundai Tucson, and only comes with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. Sales will commence in autumn and we’d expect it to start from around £35,000.

2020 Suzuki Across SUV plug-in hybrid powertrain

A Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid has been announced and is about to go on sale in Japan but it remains to be seen whether the Toyota or the Across will reach the UK first. Both cars use the same 2.5-litre petrol engine and have an electric motor on each axle. Suzuki quotes a CO2 emissions figure of 22g/km, which means the Across can enter low-emissions zones without being charged. The low CO2 figure will also appeal to company-car drivers, as it’ll incur a low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating.

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Suzuki claims the Across can manage over 46 miles of electric range, which is nine miles more than the RAV4 plug-in is said to achieve. Other performance and economy stats are yet to be revealed but the RAV4 PHEV hits 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds. Four driving modes are offered in the Suzuki, so you can choose how the petrol engine and electric power are used.

Having an electric motor on each axle means the Suzuki Across SUV has four-wheel drive. The power can be shifted across the axles, so 100% can be sent to the front, or 80% to the back, depending on the situation. There’s an automatic limited-slip differential that manages which individual wheels get power and which are braked, with the aim of maintaining traction off-road.

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Styling

The Suzuki Across gains a new face with redesigned LED headlights and a slim top grille. Below that is a much bigger grille, a couple of extra air intakes and a new silver skid plate. But while the front bumper and headlights are all-new, every other body panel is shared with the RAV4. Polished 19-inch alloy wheels are fitted and customers get a choice of six paint colours.

Interior

Changes are even harder to spot inside. Besides fewer bits of chrome trim and what looks like a conventional set of dials, the interior has been carried over entirely from the Toyota. It gets the same switchgear, steering wheel and nine-inch infotainment screen, albeit probably with different graphics. The touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Each front-seat occupant gets a handy storage tray in the dashboard and there’s a smartphone-sized tray in front of the gear lever. Suzuki claims a 490-litre boot, which is bigger than the Renault Kadjar’s but slightly smaller than the RAV4 PHEV’s 520-litre boot.

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Safety features are plentiful, with radar cruise control, lane-keeping assist, road sign assist, blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert all fitted. As a result, the Across should share the RAV4’s five-star Euro NCAP rating.

What does it mean for car buyers?

While it may seem like Suzuki has merely stuck its own badges on an existing car, the Across appears to offer more all-electric range than its Toyota stablemate - although performance may not be as strong. It’s not known whether the Suzuki Across will essentially match the Toyota RAV4’s price or whether Suzuki will aim to undercut Toyota. If it’s cheaper, the Across could be an easy-to-recommend plug-in hybrid SUV, as long as you’re fine with the slightly odd name.

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