RAV4 PHEV has been lightly restyled for Suzuki

RAV4 PHEV has been lightly restyled for Suzuki

Suzuki will launch its Across 4WD petrol PHEV SUV in Autumn 2020, the first model supplied by Toyota on an OEM basis as part of a model sharing deal announced in March 2019. UK sales of RHD variants are set to start in November 2020 and will be followed soon by a second model, the Swace, based on the UK made Corolla Estate Hybrid.

The Across has detail styling, interior trim and specification differences from the RAV4 donor model. The powertrain is identical to that of the RAV4 PHEV (Prime in some countries): a 137kW and 227Nm 2.5-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine plus an electric motor on each axle (134kW and 270Nm front; 40kW and 121Nm rear) driving through an e-CVT. CO2 emissions are just 22g/km and battery capacity is 18.1kWh.

All wheel drive is standard, kerb weight is a hefty 1,940kg, top speed is 180km/h (112mph) and maximum range in EV mode is 75km (47 miles). Suzuki is yet to announce acceleration figures but Toyota claims the RAV4 PHEV 4x4 will reach 60mph in 5.8 seconds.

Susuki has specified LED headlamps with a bi-beam projector (combining low and high beams) and an LED DRL plus "premium quality" 19 inch alloy wheels with black gloss coating and a distinctive polished face.

The right hand side of the luggage compartment is equipped with a European mains voltage (220V) electrical outlet and 12V accessory socket.

The Across is available in six colours.

The plug in hybrid system has four modes - default EV, Auto EV/HV, HV and battery charging which the driver can select depending on driving conditions and battery status.

Standard safety features include Pre-Collision System, Lane Tracing Assist and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) which uses a millimetre wave radar and monocular camera.

Suzuki Europe previously shared a small crossover with Fiat and, earlier, supplied its Hungarian built Swift for Subaru to sell as the European market Justy.

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