“This Suzuki is very Toyota,” a maintenance car in the parking lot showed his colleague a few days ago with the new Suzuki Acros. And how true, as this is one of the models that was born in collaboration between the two Japanese factories and is actually the same as the Toyota RAV4. Our people didn’t know there was a Suzuki event going on in the building, which made more Suzuki among the cars than usual, but while the Swifts and Vitars are everywhere, only a few dozen Across runs on domestic roads, it’s surprising to run into it.
Why might Suzuki need a 20 million model in an extremely price-sensitive market where the Vita and S-Cross, which cost a third, are really successful? The answer may be found in the research presented at the event, which sought, among other things, the answer to what hybrids car buyers have heard about.
The plug-in term leads toweringly high in the survey, ahead of soft and full hybrids. If we add the PHEV responses, which also cover the outlet, the difference will be even greater. Thus, it can be seen that from a communication point of view, it can be good for a brand to be able to present such a thing, even if customers turn to salons and turn to more affordable mild hybrids.
Such hybrids are known to humans
One of the interesting things about the research is that by 2021, switching to a hybrid appeared among the reasons for Suzuki buyers ’decisions and was immediately the fourth most popular reason. In the previous similar research, in 2019, this aspect was not even included. The first place is still to replace the car that is too old, the second is to replace the existing car to minimize maintenance costs.
At the same time, the survey also found that 55 percent of car buyers, in their own judgment, were uninformed about hybrids, and most of them had no experience with them. We might change this a bit, telling you what the Suzuki Across was like during a short tour.
The collaboration between Toyota and Suzuki is not new, with Suzuki models receiving the Toyota logo in Asia, while the Corolla and RAV4 appeared in Suzuki dealerships last year under the names Swace and Across. They don’t even make a secret of it, as the models are practically the same from behind and from the side, their noses are different. There are different LED headlights and bumpers on the two types.
As members of Suzuki’s current RV range, the Vitara, SX4 S-Cross and Ignis do not carry distinctive common brands, the Across is also easily in line. The robust, square lines and the five-door shape of our rabbit also look good as Suzuki. As a Suzuki, the body is 35 millimeters longer, 4635 mm, and the wheelbase is 2690 mm.
We are not surprised in the passenger compartment either, only the logo is different on the steering wheel and the inscription Across appears on the door panels. The cabin doesn’t stand out from the lineup of other Suzuki SUVs either, as it also features a more conservative design.
That is, it has a digital dashboard and a 9-inch touch screen in the middle of the dashboard, but for example, the climate panel is standard and the other functions can be operated with physical buttons. The onboard system works fast, you know Apple CarPlay and Android Car by wire, but the connection isn’t a given. It got from the USB port to the front and back row as well, the Across hi-fi sounds pretty good.
The seating position is a recreational car in the Across, so one sits relatively high, from where the traffic is well visible. Its seats are comfortable, it holds well in corners, you have to get used to a shorter than ideal seat. His government has a particularly good grip. Slightly surprising, but the material quality is better than it looks, the top of the dashboard and the door trim are also distinctly soft, but it doesn’t seem that way.
There can be no complaints about the offer of space, the back can comfortably accommodate adults. Across is basically quiet, the engine sound appears at a particularly strong acceleration, and the wind noise is typical when crossing the speed limit on the highway. Due to the space requirements of the high-voltage batteries, its boot is reduced to 490 liters, which is hidden behind a motorized door that can also be opened with a foot swing. An exciting detail is the 230 V connector.
It is no surprise that two electric motors, an internal combustion engine and a lithium-ion battery make up the hybrid system. We’ve seen this before, but here, according to official communications, the focus is on a 134 kW (182 hp) 270 Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels, which becomes clear during use. The Across always starts in EV, i.e. purely electric mode, and then travels on this engine for as long as it can, and it does so for quite some time. The electric motor alone provides normal dynamics with ordinary driving and can accelerate the vehicle up to 135 km / h. We were able to drive the car mainly on the highway and purely electrically long enough.
For the most part, we don’t even know if the 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine (185 hp) with intake manifold and direct injection gets into the drive, the transition is unnoticed and quiet enough. Sure, if we floor it, the familiar buzzing sound will come, but it’s no longer as disturbing as previous hybrids. But if we do, the Across will get off to a great start, despite the extra weight it carries compared to conventional-powered SUVs, the 306-horsepower system power is plenty. He runs the hundredth sprint in six seconds, but I was much more surprised that over 100 he breaks forward with tremendous vehemence. Its top speed is 180 km / h.
The system is completed by a 40 kW rear electric motor, which is used to drive the system primarily when the front wheels lose traction, in which case up to eighty percent of the torque can reach the rear wheels.
The liquid-cooled 18.1 kWh (50.9 Ah capacity) lithium-ion battery is made up of 96 cells, with which the Across can officially cover 75 kilometers in purely electric mode. We couldn’t check this now – and then on the test, as we can say about the nature of the chassis and steering at the time – but based on what we’ve seen, it’s perfectly believable. Plugged into a 230 volt outlet, the battery can be charged in 7.5 hours using a wall charging box, and the on-board quick charger can work with 22 kW.
In addition to the fact that the Across always tries to operate as an electric car, it can work differently, this can be selected by the driver with the disc next to the “gear lever”. In addition to the Normal (EV) mode, there is a hybrid mode, where the system decides whether to use petrol if necessary, or you can select only the internal combustion engine for the purpose of later – e.g. for urban use – to keep the battery charged or recharged.
The car’s habitus can be adjusted in Eco, Normal and Sport modes to control the nature of the powertrain, transmission and steering, and there is also a Trial mode, which is primarily good for keeping the car moving in snow and off-road using the brake differential system and all three engines.
There are also enough driver support systems in the Across, including adaptive cruise control, traction control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, sign detection and rear cross-traffic monitoring. Even more exciting is the technique of controlling engine torque to suppress body tilting during acceleration and deceleration to increase passenger comfort.
Currently available in one version with the full name Suzuki Across 2.5 Plug-In Hybrid E-CVT E-4WD GLX model. The list price of this is HUF 20.3 million, of which one million is currently being released. In addition to the driver assistance systems mentioned, this price also includes seat heating, steering wheel heating, keyless door opening and starting, and 19-inch wheels. There is no extra painting, the price does not change the price.
On a financial basis, it is probably not worthwhile for anyone to choose a plug-in hybrid model from Suzuki’s offer, the surcharge for the built-in extra technology would only pay for itself after an extremely long mileage – hundreds of thousands of km. At the same time, additional benefits, such as the green license plate associated with this model in Hungary, as well as the fact that customers can switch to electric transport in everyday life without a range, may be a good alternative for some. And the rest can be confident that sooner or later Suzuki’s cheaper models will also be available with plug-in, full hibirid or purely electric drive. Maybe not for so long.