Your eyes do not deceive you; this is Suzuki’s version of the current Toyota RAV4, the Across mid-size SUV. And so far, it’s only available with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain, a costly – and quick – one, as it turns out.
Revealed in July, the Across is the latest model to come from Suzuki and Toyota’s growing partnership, which has seen well-established nameplates get new badging – and ever so slightly different styling – in certain markets.
Europe is one of the markets that is getting the Across (Australia hasn't been confirmed yet), and in the UK, its single variant’s pricing has just been released by Suzuki, and it’s a number worth sitting down for: £45,599 ($A84,364).
In the UK, the RAV4 is only sold with a ‘self-charging’ hybrid (Hybrid) powertrain at the moment, so it’s hard to directly compare the local pricing of the two models, although Toyota’s PHEV equivalent of the Across (also unconfirmed for Australia) is due to go on sale there during its Spring next year.
For what it’s worth, though, the RAV4 Hybrid is priced from £31,090 ($A57,520) to £38,505 ($A71,240) in the UK, so it’s likely its incoming PHEV will be positioned close to the Across.
Either way, the Across is the most expensive Suzuki model money can buy in the UK by some margin, with it eclipsing the S-Cross small SUV’s £27,799 ($A51,430) flagship variant.
As reported, the Across (and the RAV4 PHEV, for that matter) combines a 129kW 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with 134kW front and 40kW rear electric motors for a system power output of 225kW.
With an electronic continuously variable automatic transmission (e-CVT) and Toyota’s E-Four all-wheel-drive system on hand, the Across can sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in six seconds flat, making it the quickest Suzuki available.
The Across has an 18.1kWh battery that offers a class-leading electric-only driving range of 75km (WLTP). Claimed fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test is just one litre per 100km, while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 22 grams per km.