Think Suzuki SUVs, and more than likely you'll immediately think of the go-anywhere Jimny, or the Vitara B-segment crossover. Now, there's a new high-riding model that goes by the name of Across.
No, it's not a completely new model made by Suzuki themselves. It's actually a badge-engineered Toyota RAV4 that is based on the plug-in hybrid version that doles out an impressive 306 PS. But how did Suzuki managed to get the RAV4 and turned it into the Across?
The Across is actually the result of the two companies' latest agreement in which Toyota will be supplying hybrid powertrains, as well as hybrid vehicles based on the RAV4 and Corolla Wagon. Meanwhile, Suzuki will be producing two new compact cars for Toyota in India and will be based on the Ciaz and Ertiga.
Back to the Across itself, the RAV4-based crossover doesn't look too far off exterior-wise from the original Toyota. Perhaps the only major difference the Across has against the RAV4 is its slightly altered front end. It adopts a Swift-like front grille, reshaped foglight bezels, along with more elongated headlights. Other than that, the alloy wheels, black body cladding, and LED taillights of the Across still resemble the ones seen on the RAV4.
Much like the Across' exterior, the interior is practically the same as the one on the RAV4. The only difference is that it gets a Suzuki badge on the steering wheel. Beyond that, it gets similar high-tech features like the 9-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and the control panel for the plug-in hybrid system.
The Across even comes with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) which serves as the car's intelligent suite of active driver aids. These include a pre-collision system, lane tracing assist, dynamic radar cruise control, road sign assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert.
Under the hood, the Across is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that benefits from two electric motors. The engine alone makes 177 PS with 219 Nm of torque. Suzuki did not release the combined system output of the Across. But since this is essentially based on the RAV4 PHV sold in Japan, we're guessing it also has over 300 PS available on tap. It also has an all-electric range of 75 km, an electric E-Four AWD system, and a continuously variable transmission.
Will the Suzuki Across be sold here in markets like the Philippines? Not exactly, as Suzuki will only offer the rebadged Toyota RAV4 in Europe. With Suzuki not having a compact crossover in their lineup, the Across will serve as the automaker's contender in the segment in Europe. But with Toyota also selling the RAV4 PHEV in the European market, will there be a price war between the two brands?