By Steve & Tamami Laser
Suzuki offers a range of cool cars and crossovers in Europe, including the Vitara, Ignis, S-Cross, Swift, and our favorite, the Jimny. And now there’s a new Plug-In Hybrid preparing to join the lineup called Across. It’s made by Toyota, and is closely related to the new RAV4 PHEV (called Prime in the U.S.).
Among the latest collaborative business efforts between the two automakers, Toyota is supplying two new electrified vehicles, on an OEM basis, built on Toyota platforms for Suzuki in Europe. The RAV4-based Across is the first, while a Suzuki-badged version of the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports wagon is expected to follow later.
Suzuki Across receives unique front styling with a new fascia, sporty large open grille, bumper with silver under garnish, and Suzuki badge. Additional features include LED headlights and daytime running lights, plus 19-inch alloy wheels.
Across shares RAV4’s Plug-in Hybrid system including a front electric motor, Dynamic Force 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine, and lithium-ion battery pack. The motor is rated at 134kW and 270Nm of torque, while the battery has 18.1 kWH (50.9 Ah). E-Four electric 4×4 employs an independent 40kW rear motor that works with the front motor, via sophisticated AWD Integrated Management, to vary torque distribution from 100:00 to 20:80 as needed.
The driver can select different modes, with the default EV mode, Auto EV/HV mode, HV mode, and battery charger mode. In EV mode, Across is driven only by the electric motor. Also included is a Trail mode automatic limited-slip differential control for use on slippery surfaces.
Inside, Across will offer market-specific left- and right-hand-drive models. The cabin environment is similar to the RAV4 PHEV with an upscale sporty appearance. A 9-inch touchscreen multimedia display includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ along with MirrorLink for compatible smartphones.
Among the list of safety and driver assist features for Across is a Pre-Collision System, Lane Tracing Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, Blind-Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and eCall.
Additional details, including performance specs, EV driving range, a finalized list of features, and prices, are expected to be released by the automaker closer to the product launch this fall at Suzuki dealers across Europe.
For more information visit Suzuki Cars UK
Note: Prototype vehicles shown. Features and specifications for European market models are subject to change without notice.
News source and photos courtesy of Suzuki GB PLC. Powertrain photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corp.
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