We all know that the Suzuki Toyota partnership and launched the rebadged product Toyota Glanza from Suzuki Baleno. Now Suzuki launched Toyota RAV4 based product ACross hydrid SUV in the international market. ACross will be positioned above Suzuki Vitara that is already on sale in many international markets. We don’t expect this product will be launched in India anytime in near future.
Suzuki’s version boasts of similar dimensions as the RAV4 with a length of 4,635 mm, a width of 1,855 mm, and a height of 1,690 mm. In addition, the wheelbase is identical at 2,690 mm. To put things into perspective, ACross is slightly bigger than the Tata Harrier.
Powering the ACross will be a similar plug-in hybrid setup as the RAV4. It comprises of a 2.5L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine. It is paired to two electric motors, one fixed at each axle. One on the front axle, develops 182 HP and 270 Nm, while the one mounted on the rear axle puts out 54 HP and 121 Nm. However, the combined output of this setup is not yet revealed, but it produces northwards of 300 HP in the RAV4.
This hybrid powertrain also uses an 18.1 kWh battery pack that sits under the floor of the ACross and gives it a range of 75 km on pure electric power. Also, it is capable of doing speeds of up to 135 kmph in this mode. To send the power to all four wheels, ACross uses Suzuki’s E-Four AWD system.
The E-Four system is standard and can split torque between the two axles in ratios ranging in bias from 100:0 to 20:80. Suzuki says this provides “enhanced stability during take-off on slippery surfaces such as snow-covered roads, and confident handling when cornering on varying road surfaces”.
Combined power output is unconfirmed, but in the RAV4, this system produces 302bhp, making it the most powerful RAV4 yet, and Toyota’s quickest alternatively fuelled model. The Across emits 22g/km of CO2 on the WLTP combined cycle, compared with the RAV4 PHEV’s 29g/km, so it’s likely to use a detuned variant of the powertrain.
Four driving modes feature EV mode for pure-electric driving; Auto EV/HV and HV mode, which allows the petrol motor to provide occasional power boosts; and battery charger mode, which uses the petrol motor exclusively. The Across is also equipped with a Trail mode function that maximizes grip on slippery surfaces by diverting power away from wheels that are losing grip towards wheels that have good traction.
Talking of the interior, it is largely the same as the RAV4. Apart from rather minuscule changes and new brand logos, everything else is identical to the donor car. In the centre of the dashboard, it gets a 9-inch infotainment screen, which makes it the largest screen ever seen on a Suzuki car. It offers various connectivity options, such as input from USB, AUX, Bluetooth, and compatibility for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The differences between the two cars’ cabins are more subtle, with the Across having a largely identical-looking interior save for a new steering wheel. The RAV4’s 9.0in touchscreen display features as standard and offers smartphone-mirroring functionality.
The all-new Suzuki ACross shares a lot of body panels with the Toyota RAV4 but it distinctly looks different from the Toyota. It gets a sleek grille in the front with sweptback LED headlamps that get bi-beam projectors and boomrang-shaped LED DRLs that add a unique identity to the vehicle. The front-end gets a massive hexagonal air intake that makes the ACross look very aggressive. In terms of size, it is slightly bigger than Tata Harrier.
It gets a five-seat layout with about 490 litres of boot space. The ACross also looks tough with the front skid plate, flared wheel arches with cladding and several creases on the side. The blacked-out pillar gives it floating roofline design while the split tail lamps with LED make it a premium looking vehicle. It will be available in six colours: white, silver, black, red, grey and blue. Prices are yet to be confirmed for either model.
With its primary market being Europe, the ACross is loaded with driving assist functions such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), which use a millimetre-wave radar and monocular camera. Suzuki’s eCall system is fitted as well, automatically alerting the emergency services in the event of an accident.
Will the ACross come to India?
The simple answer is no. While The Suzuki-Toyota alliance is very much present in our market, it’s the other way around, for now – Maruti Suzuki vehicles are being supplied to Toyota. We’ve seen the Baleno being repackaged and sold as the Glanza by Toyota already and later this year, the Maruti Vitara Brezza will be tweaked and sold as the Toyota Urban Cruiser in the Indian market. Read more on that here.