THE first plug-in hybrid from Suzuki has been announced with the Japanese car maker revealing that its new Across SUV will mark the launch of its collaboration with Toyota.
Based on the RAV4, the Across will make its debut in the autumn and will be on the road later in the year.
With Suzuki styling, the Across is a medium sized 4x4 which like its Toyota counterpart is some 4.6 metres long.
Its powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine hooked up to electric motors which operate on both axles for all-wheel-drive ability.
Together they develop a total of 180bhp which gives the Across a maximum speed of 112mph with a zero emission range of some 47 miles running purely on electricity.
Precise fuel economy figures and other data are still to be revealed but Suzuki says the Across has been rated at 22g/km on the CO2 emissions front which is equivalent to 297mpg.
A variety of drive modes will be available including a Trail setting for optimum traction in poor conditions.
There is also the facility to hold the battery charge for use whenever needed in a journey and to partially recharge the battery without having to use an external power supply.
Inside, the Across has a nine-inch touchscreen with full smartphone compatibility and the interior is smart and clutter-free.
Boot space ranges form 490 litres to a maximum of more than 1,100 litres with the rear seats folded. There is also further storage space throughout the cabin including side trays and a large centre console.
Prices are still to be confirmed but are likely to be similar to those of the RAV4 which costs from around £33,500.
Under the collaborative venture Suzuki will also be selling a version of the Toyota Corolla hybrid hatchback which is due for release before the year is out.