Suzuki is launching a new plug-in hybrid SUV on the French market: the Across, which is nothing but a copy of the Toyota RAV4. Explanations … and price.

In July 2020, Suzuki presented a new model: the Across. A plug-in hybrid SUV modeled … on the Toyota RAV4. A vulgar copy? No, simply the fruit of a partnership between the two Japanese manufacturers who have been working together since March 2019 to produce and generalize electrified vehicles on a large scale.

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Suzuki Across (2020): plug-in hybrid SUV, Toyota RAV4 clone

4.63 m long, the Suzuki model is simply distinguished from its Japanese cousin thanks to a front face revised. On the menu: large hexagonal honeycomb grille, tapered headlamps, redesigned bumper and larger air intakes.

For the rest, no change. The rear and the interior are identical. On board, we find in particular a central 9-inch touchscreen (compatible with Apple CarPlay for iPhone, Android Auto and MirrorLink).

Rechargeable 306 hp hybrid engine

Same thing under the hood since The Across takes over the plug-in hybrid engine of the RAV4, namely a 2.5L four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol with 185 hp and two electric motors (182 hp at the front and 54 hp at the rear) for a total power of 306 hp sent to the four wheels (electronic all-wheel drive E- Four) via an E-CVT automatic transmission.

A lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 18.1 kW, mounted under the floor, completes the range for an all-electric range of around 75 km (WLTP).

Cheaper than the Toyota RAV4

A few months after its presentation, the Across is now available on the French market. Its price: from € 53,990 in the 1st Edition version, or € 56,200 later, against an entry price set at € 61,500 for the Toyota RAV4 PHEV.

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