Suzuki launches Across with plug-in hybrid system


Suzuki has launched the new Across with a plug-in hybrid system, with CO₂ emissions of 22g/km.

At the core of the plug-in hybrid system is a front electric motor that combines with a 2.5-litre petrol engine. The Across can travel 46 miles on electric power alone.

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.