Currently reading: New Suzuki Across revealed as Toyota RAV4-based SUV
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Felix Page Autocar writer
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1 July 2020

Suzuki has revealed the new Across as a hybridised family SUV based on the Toyota RAV4, following a recent agreement between the two manufacturers to collaborate on selected models.

It’s the first car to emerge from the strategic alliance and gives an indication of how the two firms will seek to differentiate their own versions of shared models. The Across bears a strong resemblance to the RAV4 but is set apart by an all-new front end that features Suzuki’s large trademark grille.

The differences between the two cars’ cabins are more subtle, with the Across having a largely identical-looking interior save for a new steering wheel. The RAV4’s 9.0in touchscreen display features as standard and offers smartphone mirroring functionality. 

The SUV’s electrified powertrain is carried over wholesale from the new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid and comprises a 173bhp 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder mated to a pair of electric motors - one with 180bhp on the front axle and another with 54bhp at the rear - for a top speed of 112mph. 

Combined power output is unconfirmed, but in the RAV4, this system produces 302bhp, making it the most powerful RAV4 yet, and Toyota’s quickest alternatively fuelled model. The Across emits 22g/km of CO2 on the WLTP combined cycle, compared with the RAV4 PHEV’s 29g/km, so it’s likely to use a detuned variant of the powertrain.  

Four driving modes feature: EV mode for pure-electric driving; Auto EV/HV and HV mode, which allows the petrol motor to provide occasional power boosts; and battery charger mode, which uses the petrol motor exclusively.

The SUV’s 18.1kWh battery allows it to travel 46 miles on electric power alone and it’s expected to be able to reach speeds of up to 84mph in this mode, like the RAV4. 

An electronic four-wheel drive system, called E-Four, is as standard and can split torque between the two axles in ratios ranging in bias from 100:0 to 20:80. Suzuki says this provides “enhanced stability during take-off on slippery surfaces such as snow-covered roads, and confident handling when cornering on varying road surfaces”.

The Across is also equipped with a Trail mode function that maximises grip on slippery surfaces by diverting power away from wheels that are losing grip towards wheels that have good traction.  

Safety features include a pre-collision system, lane-keep assist, road sign assist, dynamic cruise control and blindspot monitoring. Suzuki’s eCall system is fitted as well, automatically alerting the emergency services in the event of an accident. 

Additional features detailed so far include standard-fitment LED headlights and daytime-running lights and 19in two-tone alloy wheels. When the Across goes on sale in the UK and Europe in autumn, it will be available in six colours: white, silver, black, red, grey and blue. Prices are yet to be confirmed for either model.  

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As well as the Across, Suzuki will soon sell its own version of Toyota’s Corolla hatchback, which will be built alongside the existing car at the company’s UK factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire. Announcing the partnership last year, the two firms said it will combine “Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in technologies for compact vehicles”. 

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1 July 2020

Will they collaborate on a new Aygo then?

2 July 2020
scrap wrote:

Will they collaborate on a new Aygo then?

The Suzuki Alto became the Nissan Pixo, the Splash the Vauxhall Agila, so an Aygo based model does make sense. Suzuki seems to have neglected their small car ranges in Britain at least, with the demise of the Celerio, the Ignis now being the smallest car available.

The only fly in the ointment, for me at least, would be the cost of VED. My pre-April 2017 Swift costs me £30 a year to tax and, given how little I use it, I don't relish a five-fold increase for even the lowest spec Suzuki model.

 

 

 

2 July 2020
Toyota are doing an SUV style city car to replace the Aygo, I wonder if that's a ground up new car or of it is based on the Ignis which is exactly that style?

1 July 2020

You cannot even call this badge engineering, it's badge swapping, and it's going to be the Suzuki which will commit hara-kiri.

1 July 2020

Very much feels like a badge swap, I think because the Rav's side profile and rear are such strong designs. Side by side you'd tell these cars apart, but the Suzuki is quite forgettable.

1 July 2020

Of course they look similar.

What about the VW group pile of awful UP, Mii and Citigo, plus the rest of their ranges, awful, more awful and ultra awful.

What about the new tie up with Ford and VW on utility vehicles. Next a Ford Golf or VW Focus ??????

Suzuki drivers wont drive Toyota as Toyota drivers will prefer Toyota.

The two brands are on top spot for long term reliability. And their owners like them.

Makes sense.

2 July 2020
whiteliner wrote:

Of course they look similar.

What about the VW group pile of awful UP, Mii and Citigo, plus the rest of their ranges, awful, more awful and ultra awful.

What about the new tie up with Ford and VW on utility vehicles. Next a Ford Golf or VW Focus ??????

Suzuki drivers wont drive Toyota as Toyota drivers will prefer Toyota.

The two brands are on top spot for long term reliability. And their owners like them.

Makes sense.

Whilst you use the citigo, up and Mii as an example there is a major difference, all these car brands are owned by VW group whereas Suzuki and Toyota are independent of one another and whilst it may not have been cost effective to change the city cars from one another drastically the polo, fabia, A1 and Ibiza all look totally different despite being identical underneath, so I disagree with of course they look similar, Suzuki could surely have done more to differentiate their car.
But then as someone else has said, badge swapping is quite prevalent in other markets, but it does seem lazy.

2 July 2020
whiteliner wrote:

Of course they look similar.

What about the VW group pile of awful UP, Mii and Citigo, plus the rest of their ranges, awful, more awful and ultra awful.

What about the new tie up with Ford and VW on utility vehicles. Next a Ford Golf or VW Focus ??????

Suzuki drivers wont drive Toyota as Toyota drivers will prefer Toyota.

The two brands are on top spot for long term reliability. And their owners like them.

Makes sense.

Ford and VW will collaborate on electric drivetrains for passenger cars, and so will still have sufficient differentiation, as they will still have bespoke suspension etc.

Not in anyway similar to the pure badge job of the Suzuki, which from the side and rear looks nigh on identical to the rav4, with no changes at all underneath.

1 July 2020

Toyota are getting the Vitara in return as urban cruiser.

1 July 2020

Toyota are getting the sub 4.0m Suzuki Vitara Brezza in India, and going to call it the Urban Cruiser. The already get the Baleno calling it the Glanza. Suzuki will also supply the Ciaz saloon, with more to follow.Toyota to supply Suzuki with electric power units.

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