2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid details revealed [video]

Volvo has combined plug-hybrid technology with an efficient diesel engine for unparalleled performance. Full coverage inside

Volvo has taken the wraps off the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Designed to combine the efficiency of diesel engines with the zero-emissions of plug-in hybrid technology, the V60 is an eco-mentalist's dream come true. At its heart, the car is powered by a 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel engine with 215 PS (158 kW / 212 hp) and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque. It is backed up by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to an ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) motor that produces 70 PS (51 kW / 69 hp) and 200 Nm (149 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to this setup, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has an estimated fuel consumption of 1.9 L/100 km (123.8 mpg US), CO2 emissions of 49 g/km, and an electric-only range of approximately 50 km (31 miles).

Drivers will have a choice of three different operational modes, which can be selected through the infotainment system. In Pure mode, the car runs on electricity as much as possible. Hybrid mode is the default setting and it enables the engine and electric motor to work together for the "optimal balance between driving pleasure and low environmental impact." Lastly, Power mode is like Hybrid mode on steroids. It enables the diesel engine and electric motor to be harnessed at full strength for a 0-100 km/h time of just 6.9 seconds.

Furthermore, the V60 has a trick all-wheel drive system (the diesel engine powers the front wheels, while the electric motor powers the rear) and the ability to save the battery until later in a trip (example: your commute starts with highway travel, but ends in city traffic where EV mode is more efficient).

As for the batteries themselves, they can be fully recharged in seven and half hours via a standard household outlet (230V/6A) or three hours with a rapid charger (230V/16A).

On the design front, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is tastefully retrained as it looks virtually identical to the standard model. Despite this, the car is distinguished by a unique paintjob, a front-fender charging port, and lightweight wheels with low-rolling resistance Pirelli tires.  

Inside, cabin has a revised instrument cluster, Elmo leather upholstery, and a new infotainment system with a variety of hybrid-specific functions.

While the Geneva car is technically a prototype, it is a dead-ringer for the production model which will be launched later next year.

Check out the press release for additional information

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Motor show Geneva Motor Show
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