Sometime last year, Toyota and Suzuki announced their tie up to develop new vehicles and eco-friendly mobility solutions. Well, the first fruit of this union can be seen in the Suzuki Across that goes on sale in the European market.
Onlookers will be forgiven for mistaking it for a Toyota RAV4 because, well, it basically is. It’s a rebadged version of the RAV4 Prime PHEV. Suzuki, however, has put in its own styling cues, particularly up front with the sleeker headlights and larger grille.
What the new Across hopes to achieve, however, is sway buyers into going green with its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system. This consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline motor good for 173bhp, and two electric motors (one for each axle) putting out 180 and 54bhp, respectively.
In pure electric mode, Suzuki promises a range of 75kms. This being a Suzuki, it gets Trail Mode, that is essentially a limited slip differential that gives better control and grip on any road surface. It applies the brakes on the wheel that loses grip and redirects torque to those that have the best traction.
In short, the Suzuki Across combines eco-friendly driving with the legendary Suzuki all-terrain capability. It goes on sale in Europe within the year.