Although initially ruled out, it seems Volvo has plans to offer the new S90 with a weaker hybrid setup.

Although initially ruled out, it seems Volvo has plans to offer the new S90 with a weaker hybrid setup.

The Geely-owned marque is working on a new hybrid setup consisting of a three-cylinder 1.5-liter gasoline turbo engine paired to an electric motor. This is being developed primarily for Volvo’s forthcoming CMA-based compact models, but it seems the hardware will also find its way into the larger S90 mid-size sedan.

This wasn’t originally on the agenda, but Volvo’s senior vice-president of research and development, Peter Mertens, has now suggested it will happen and the model in question will be FWD-only. While the stronger T8 Twin Engine that sits on top of the range has plug-in capabilities, that’s unlikely to be the case with its smaller sibling. Mertens went on to specify S90 prototypes fitted with this setup are already being tested, so it will likely happen in a couple of years.

As for the 1.5-liter engine separately, this will serve as a successor for Volvo’s 1.6-liter units and will power the “40” models based on the new Compact Modular Architecture. The first CMA-based car will be out in 2017 and among the new models there’s going to be a first-ever XC40. 

While Volvo's version of the 1.5-liter will be offered exclusively with a turbocharger, some Geely models with the motor are expected to be naturally aspirated for the Chinese market.

Source: autocar.co.uk

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