Suzuki’s first entry in Europe’s plug-in hybrid sector is its largest, most powerful and priciest model in the region so far.
The electrified version of the Across compact SUV is more than 4600 mm long, offers more than 306 hp and starts at 53,900 euros in France.
The rebadged version of Toyota RAV is also a crucial part of Suzuki’s strategy to reduce its CO2 emissions in Europe. Another key model for Suzuki in its push to slash its fleet CO2 is the full-hybrid Swace, which is a rebadged version the gasoline-electric Toyota Corolla.
In 2020, Suzuki sold 1,958 units of the Across, according to data from JATO Dynamic, while the volume was low for the Swace, which was introduced late last year. Those numbers were not enough to help Suzuki reach its 2020 CO2 target of 90.3 grams per kilometer under the NEDC test cycle, sources said.
The EU has not yet confirmed which automakers met or missed their required CO2 levels for 2020.
Suzuki’s CO2 target for this year is about 110 g/km, but that is under the more stringent WLTP test cycle. Hoping to reach that level, Suzuki aims to sell about 2,000 to 3,000 units of the Across plug-in hybrid and 6,000 to 7,000 full-hybrid Swaces.
Suzuki has been able to supplement its European lineup with rebadged Toyotas since the automakers agreed to a cross shareholding in 2019. Japan’s largest automaker owns 4.98 percent of Suzuki, while Suzuki has a 0.2 percent stake in Toyota.