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20 October 2020

Suzuki has revealed UK pricing and specification details for its new Across, a hybrid family SUV heavily based on the Toyota RAV4.

The new model will go on sale next month, priced from £45,999, but Suzuki said that supply will be "very limited" in its first full year on sale.

Just one trim level will be available from launch, with leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a powered tailgate and 9.0in touchscreen infotainment system equipped as standard. 

It arrives following a recent agreement between Toyota and Suzuki to collaborate on selected models and, along with the Corolla Touring Sports-based Swace, 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 trademark large grille.

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

The Across's electrified powertrain is carried over wholesale from the new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid. It comprises a 173bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a pair of electric motors - one with 180bhp on the front axle and another with 54bhp at the rear - for a combined output of 302bhp, making it Suzuki's most powerful model to date by nearly 200bhp. The Across can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.0sec and up to a top speed of 112mph. 

The Across emits 22g/km of CO2 on the WLTP combined cycle, with its 18.1kWh battery allowing it to travel 46 miles on electricity alone. It’s expected to be able to reach speeds of up to 84mph in this mode, like the RAV4 PHEV.

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Four driving modes feature: EV for electric-only driving; Auto EV/HV; HV, which allows the petrol motor to provide occasional power boosts; and Battery Charger, which uses the engine exclusively.

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 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-keeping assistance, road sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and blindspot monitoring. Suzuki’s eCall system is also fitted, automatically alerting the emergency services in the event of an accident. 

Additional features detailed so far include standard 19in two-tone alloy wheels and LED headlights and daytime running lights.

When the Across goes on sale in the UK and Europe this autumn, it will be available in six paint colours: white, silver, black, red, grey and blue.

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ianp55 21 October 2020

Suzuki Across

A fiver short of £46k for a rebadged RAV4,that's a cool £10k above the most expensive RAV4 offered by Toyota, perhaps it's fortunate that supplies will be limited,as I'd imagine that the number of buyers for the Across will be very small indeed  

The Apprentice 21 October 2020

There are no embedded f.. links stupid

On Android phone when I reply with quote it dumps my comment when I post...

Anyway to answer above about not seeing the market.. have you not noticed how many Outlander PHEVs are on the road? If Suzuki have limited supply they will sell out instantly.
For company car drivers, Toyota reliability=good residuals=good priced leases so cost not an issue and if you load up a German car with the options this has as standard it would be vastly more costly.
Next up its over 2.0L so drivers on AFR reimbursement get more fuel money per mile from the company, with Toyota's hybrid economy many drivers will actually make a small steady profit.
Next up, as its official range is over 40 miles, most other PHEVs are not, so it sits in the lower 8% BIK tax band a quarter of that of something similar 'non phev'
Finally, it goes like stink!

Old But not yet Dead 21 October 2020

Different time

When the Outlander PHEV ruled the roost their was no alternatives to speak of. Now there is a plethora of choices in the PHEV market to buy from a variety of top class companies. Besides Discovery Sport seems to have an even lower BIK at 6%.

I stand by my original argument. The cars qualities are pretty irrelevant, nobody will buy or lease in preference to many other premium or even mid market alternatives. Suzuki are a budget brand, always have been, and are great because of that.

Can you imagine the company car drivers discussions with partners at renewal time.

" Darling I have ordered the Suzuki Across instead of the Discovery , or the VW, or the Beemer, or even a Toyota., choice of six colours though  .. what do you think will look the nicest outside the gym?

It ain't gonna happen. Human nature.

The Apprentice 21 October 2020

Old But not yet Dead wrote:

Old But not yet Dead wrote:

When the Outlander PHEV ruled the roost their was no alternatives to speak of. Now there is a plethora of choices in the PHEV market to buy from a variety of top class companies. Besides Discovery Sport seems to have an even lower BIK at 6%.

I stand by my original argument. The cars qualities are pretty irrelevant, nobody will buy or lease in preference to many other premium or even mid market alternatives. Suzuki are a budget brand, always have been, and are great because of that.

Can you imagine the company car drivers discussions with partners at renewal time.

" Darling I have ordered the Suzuki Across instead of the Discovery , or the VW, or the Beemer, or even a Toyota., choice of six colours though  .. what do you think will look the nicest outside the gym?

It ain't gonna happen. Human nature.

I don't think company drivers are so bothered now, not the ones I know about badges. Spec up the Discovery the same and it will be way dearer, too dear for many to lease. sure you can have a more base Disco or a fully loaded Suzuki/Toyota. The RAV is actually a very nice car now, certainly not shortchange to a Disco Sport.By the way my mistake, the Suzuki is 6% BIK too, I forgot the last table revision.

The disco has the same AFR issue as most the other PHEVs, not a problem if you just get full fuel reimbursement but many only get AFR per mile, the 2.0 Disco will earn you 12p a mile meaning 40mpg minimum to stay in credit, I don't think it will do this, too heavy. The Suzuki's 2.5L will get the driver 17p so only needs an easy 28mpg to be in profit.

Old But not yet Dead 21 October 2020

Did not expect that.

Whoa, same price as Discovery Sport PHEV.

No matter what the merits of this motor , I just do not see its market .

I do not see Suzuki having to worry too much about limited numbers. Looking forward to some used bargains in a couple of years.

The Apprentice 21 October 2020

Yes please

Old But not yet Dead wrote:

Whoa, same price as Discovery Sport PHEV.

No matter what the merits of this motor , I just do not see its market .

I do not see Suzuki having to worry too much about limited numbers. Looking forward to some used bargains in a couple of years.