Suzuki looks Across to Toyota for hybrid help

Ginny Buckley


Suzuki has launched the new Across, a rebadged and revised version of the Toyota RAV4 supplied under a new agreement between the two brands. The new model will go head to head with a number of newly-launched hybrid SUV’s including the VW Tiguan, as well as the best-selling Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

A new nose differentiates the Across from the RAV4

Like the RAV4, the Across combines a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. It is powered by a comparatively-large 18.1kWh lithium ion battery mounted beneath the floor. The system gives the car decent 4x4 capability too, with both the front and rear wheels powered.

An electric-only range of 46 miles means BIK rates of just 6% for company car drivers

Suzuki seems to have made some efficiencies though, as the Plug-in Hybrid has CO₂ emissions of just 22g/km – 7g/km less than the Toyota. The electric-only range is 46 miles, meaning the Across will have benefit-in-kind tax rates of just 6% for company car drivers. 

Prices have not been announced, but sales are set to start in the autumn. 

Interior features a 9-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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