Suzuki ACross SUV revealed and will come with a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment
Suzuki took the wraps off the latest ACross SUV, which will launch internationally in the months ahead. Under the collaborative business agreement between the two Japanese carmakers, the ACross is constructed by Toyota for and supplied to Suzuki. In its line-up, the ACross name ties the current Suzuki to the S-cross crossover. A few months ago we broke the news that Suzuki ACross was the brand name for the RAV4-based SUV.
Suzuki ‘s biggest SUV at the moment, the ACross is set to sit in the global line-up of the brand above the Vitara. The new SUV shares its underpinnings with the Toyota RAV4 SUV sold internationally, and much of its body panels. However, in keeping with its design features, the styling of the Suzuki ACross is expected to be similar to the upcoming Toyota Corolla Cross SUV-the the low-cost RAV4-which will soon be on sale in ASEAN markets.
In terms of dimensions, the Suzuki ACross is very similar to the Toyota RAV4. It is 4,635 mm long, 1,855 mm wide, 1,690 mm high and it has a wheelbase of 2,690 mm. For example, that makes the ACross slightly larger than a Tata Harrier. The model features a cabin configuration of 5 seats and a boot room of 490 liters.
The electrified powertrain of the SUV is transported wholesale from the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid and consists of a 175hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine matched to a pair of electric motors-one with 182hp/270Nm on the front axle and one with 54hp/121Nm on the rear-for a top speed of 180kph.
All-wheel drive comes from the 4×4 electronic Suzuki E-Four system. Combined power output is unconfirmed but this system produces over 300hp in the RAV4, making it the most powerful RAV4 yet, and the fastest alternative-fuelled model from Toyota.
There are four driving modes available: an EV mode for pure-electric driving, an Auto EV / HV and HV mode that allows the petrol car to deliver occasional power boosts, and a battery charger mode that exclusively uses the petrol.
The 18.1kWh battery of the SUV, which is mounted beneath the floor, allows it to travel 75 km on electric power alone, and in this mode, like the RAV4, it is expected to reach speeds of up to 135kph.
The interior of the Suzuki ACross imitates the one used on the RAV4, with some slight alterations.
The model comes with, among other features, a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (one of the largest screens ever on a Suzuki) which is fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Suzuki ACross is loaded with driving assist functions such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), using millimeter-wave radar and monocular camera, with its primary market being Europe.
While the Suzuki-Toyota partnership is very much in our market, it’s the other way around, for now-Toyota is being supplied with Maruti Suzuki vehicles. We’ve seen the Baleno already being repackaged and marketed by Toyota as the Glanza and later this year the Maruti Vitara Brezza will be tweaked and marketed on the Indian market as the Toyota Urban Cruiser.