Published on July 3rd, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
RAV4 Being Sold by Suzuki in EU in Exchange for Ertiga?
Will Suzuki Return To Malaysia With This SUV?
Suzuki, who have been struggling to meet tightening emissions regulations in the EU with their current Vitara and S-Cross, have decided to start selling the Plug-in Hybrid Electric variant of the Toyota RAV4 in the form of the Suzuki ACROSS. This is perhaps to offset the emissions excess coming from those other models in their stable, but the two Japanese automotive manufacturers have been planning to work together since last year.
Visually, there are very few ways to tell the ACROSS apart from the RAV4 besides badging. A larger grille and slimmer headlights are what separates one from the other.
The Suzuki ACROSS doesn’t really interest us because it’s just a reskined RAV4 PHEV and because it’s aimed specifically at European markets. What does interest us is what Toyota are getting in return.
You see, there’s a strong rumour that the Toyota Avanza will be replaced by a new vehicle based on the Ertiga platform. The Avanza platform has been in use since the early 2000s following the Asian Financial crisis. With economies in the region being devastated by COVID-19, a new, modernised but affordable Avanza-type model built on Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform could be just what Toyota needs. This will help them further penetrate the Indian and South East Asian markets. Who knows, maybe the next Perodua Alza will be based on this as well…
Here’s the press release with more information about the Suzuki ACROSS, if you’re interested.
Suzuki has launched the new ACROSS, a robust and sporty SUV equipped with a sophisticated Plug-in Hybrid system and E-Four electronic 4×4, delivering uncompromising performance and efficiency with the capability and styling of a full-fledged modern SUV.
The ACROSS is the first model supplied from Toyota Motor Corporation under the collaborative business agreement between Toyota and Suzuki. Sales are set to start in Autumn of 2020 in Europe.
Highlights of the new ACROSS
Striking SUV design
Designed to stand out with a robust polygonal body that combines characteristic SUV toughness and a sporty front face featuring a large open grille.
Cutting-edge Plug-in Hybrid performance
Powered by a highly sophisticated Plug-in Hybrid system that delivers superior fuel efficiency and low CO₂ emissions, with quick response and smooth acceleration.
Advanced 4×4 capability
Equipped with the E-Four electronic 4×4 system, which ensures efficient and eﬀective 4×4 performance for confidence inspiring handling and control even in slippery conditions.
Striking SUV design
The bold and sporty design of the ACROSS conveys confidence from every angle. Robust polygonal motifs across the body form a bold physique that is further highlighted by characteristic SUV wheel arch moldings, a sporty large open grille, and a bumper with a prominent silver under garnish that helps to express the car’s all-round capabilities.
Further key features include sophisticated LED headlamps with a bi-beam projector (combining low and high beams) and an LED DRL, and premium quality 19-inch alloy wheels with black gloss coating and a distinctive polished face.
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.
|The interior environment of the ACROSS has been designed to evoke a sense of comfort, luxury and driving conﬁdence. |
The well-crafted quality upholstery and accents throughout the vehicle are complemented by soft padding on the dashboard and door trims.Further enhancing the driver and passenger experience is a 9-inch touchscreen display that works with Apple CarPlay for iPhone, Android Auto and MirrorLink for compatible smartphones.
|While cabin space is designed for ample comfort in both the first and second rows, there has been no compromise in luggage space. The large 490-litre*1luggage compartment provides plenty of space to store luggage for a wide range of lifestyles and purposes. For added versatility, the right side of the luggage compartment is equipped with an electrical outlet and accessory socket.The ACROSS is also equipped with an array of convenient storage spaces including driver’s and passenger’s side trays, centre tray, cupholders and a console box.|
Plug-in Hybrid system
|The Plug-in Hybrid system in the ACROSS provides unparalleled fuel economy and smooth acceleration, with CO₂ emissions of just 22g/km*2.At the core of the Plug-in Hybrid system is a powerful front electric motor that delivers vigorous torque at low speeds and combines with a powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine for rapid acceleration at higher speeds.|
With maximum output of 134kW and 270Nm of torque, the electric motor draws its energy from an 18.1kWh (50.9 Ah) high capacity lithium ion battery that is mounted beneath the floor.
Paired to the electric motor is the A25A-FXS Dynamic Force engine, which functions as a charger for the battery and provides power assistance to the electric motor during high-speed driving if required. Designed to deliver both high output and excellent fuel eﬃciency, the engine features a long stroke and high compression ratio, and both direct cylinder fuel injection (DI) and port fuel injection (PFI) that vary depending on driving conditions to raise output and fuel eﬃciency while lowering emissions.
The Plug-in Hybrid system is equipped with four modes—the default EV mode, Auto EV/HV mode, HV mode, and battery charger mode—which the driver can select depending on driving conditions and battery status. In EV Mode the vehicle is driven entirely by the power of the electric motor even under full acceleration. When in Auto EV/HV mode and HV mode, the engine contributes to power delivery when required, such as when the accelerator is pressed strongly. To store electricity for EV mode when the charge is low, the battery charger mode runs the engine to re-charge the battery.
Advanced 4×4 capability
The state-of-the-art E-Four electronic 4×4 system in the ACROSS provides drivers with genuine 4×4 performance while maintaining superior fuel efficiency.
The system features an independent 40kW rear motor that works in conjunction with the front motor to provide front : rear torque variation ranging from 100:00 to 20:80. Beneﬁts of this system include enhanced stability during take-off on slippery surfaces such as snow covered roads, and confident handling when cornering on varying road surfaces.
AWD Integrated Management (AIM)
Central to the E-Four system is the highly sophisticated AWD Integrated Management (AIM), which controls 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 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.
Advanced safety and technology features
Fully equipped with the latest smart safety features, the ACROSS offers confidence and peace of mind for both driver and passengers on every journey. Some of the key safety features include driving assist functions such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), which use a millimeter-wave radar and monocular camera.
Pre-Collision System (PCS)
PCS helps prevent collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists by monitoring the road ahead with a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera and applying braking assist and automatic braking if needed.
Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
When the LTA determines that an unintended lane departure is likely to occur on an expressway or marked public road, it assists steering operation to keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane.
Road Sign Assist (RSA)
RSA monitors the road for traﬃc signs and displays them on the multi-information display when they are detected.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
DRCC works at all speeds and automatically maintains ample distance with the vehicle ahead, including stopping the vehicle when the preceding vehicle comes to a halt and following it when it restarts.
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
BSM alerts the driver when a vehicle is approaching or detected in a rear blind spot.
Rear Crossing Traffic Alert (RCTA)
RCTA helps the driver avoid collisions when reversing out of parking spaces. When it detects a vehicle approaching in a rear blind spot, it warns the driver by sounding a buzzer and conveying the location of the approaching vehicle.
If the vehicle is involved in a traﬃc accident, the eCall system alerts emergency services with a phone message that includes the precise location of the vehicle.
When the vehicle comes to a stop such as at a traffic light, the electric parking brake holds the vehicle by maintaining braking pressure to prevent the vehicle from rolling forward or backward until the driver presses the accelerator pedal.