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Suzuki and Toyota partnership results in ACROSS plug-in hybrid SUV

The Suzuki ACROSS plug-in hybrid SUV

Suzuki has revealed the first electrified vehicle to result from its new partnership with Toyota – the ACROSS 4x4 plug-in hybrid SUV.

The two Japanese brands announced back in March that they intended to further their plans to collaborate in new fields after resolving to pool their expertise to develop alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) and compact cars.

The first of the crop is the Toyota Rav4-based ACROSS, which is set to reach Suzuki showrooms this Autumn, with a British-built derivative of the Corolla also expected to follow at a later date.

Suzuki ACROSS plug-in hybrid SUV, rear viewAlthough pricing for the Suzuki's first plug-in model have yet to be revealed, it will almost certainly be the most expensive vehicle offered by the brand's retailers.

The entry-level Toyota Rav4 is currently priced at £29,635 - more than the current range-topping Suzuki Vitara - and plug-in derivatives will cost more when they arrive in the UK later this year.

The ACROSS will also be Suzuki’s largest family vehicle, with a 490-litre boot space, though.

Its plug-in hybrid drivetrain delivers a maximum combined power of 182PS and 270Nm of torque and claims to be capable of 46.6 miles on electric propulsion alone, while delivering CO2 emissions of just 22g/km on the WLTP test cycle.

Suzuki has yet to reveal details of the ACROSS’s fuel efficiency claims.

Styling clearly derivative of the Rav4 features LED headlamps and daytime running lights and a set of 19-inch alloy wheels with black gloss coating seek to distinguish the Suzuki ACROSS from outside.

The ACROSS is available in six different colours: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Sensual Red Mica, Grey Metallic and Dark Blue Mica.

Inside, Suzuki said in a statement that the ACROSS will feature “well-crafted quality upholstery and accents throughout the vehicle are complemented by soft padding on the dashboard and door trims”.

Suzuki ACROSS plug-in hybrid SUV interiorIt added: “Further enhancing the driver and passenger experience is a nine-inch touchscreen display that works with Apple CarPlay for iPhone, Android Auto and MirrorLink for compatible smartphones.”

Also among the technology equipped to the ACROSS are advanced safety and technology features such as a Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

An E-Four four-wheel-drive system fitted with AWD Integrated Management (AIM) software, meanwhile, helps deliver the ACROSS’s on- and off-road handling capabilities.

AIM not only drive force distribution, but also engine throttle control, transmission shift scheduling, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assistance and braking, according to the driving conditions.

Trail Mode, meanwhile, is an automatic limited-slip differential control feature that ensures the best possible grip and control on slippery surfaces.

The system works by applying the brakes to wheels that begin to lose grip and redirects torque to wheels that maintain grip. The feature also adjusts the throttle and transmission shift pattern to keep the vehicle moving.

Toyota scrapped all non-hybrid derivatives of its Rav4 SUV when the latest generation was launched early last year.

It unveiled the Rav4 plug-in hybrid concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in November last year.

The model targeted a 6.2-second acceleration to 62mph with a 300PS drivetrain which, Toyota claimed, was also capable of delivering 30g/km CO2 emissions and a 31-mile electric driving range.

Pricing details of both the Suzuki ACROSS and forthcoming Toyota Rav4 plug-in hybrid have yet to be published.

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