Volvo has announced plans to showcase starting Sunday at Beijing Motor Show the S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid concept.

Volvo has announced plans to showcase starting Sunday at Beijing Motor Show the S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid concept.

From the outside it might look virtually identical as the S60L but this Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PPHEV) is an entirely different car underneath the familiar skin. The concept combines a conventional turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor to create what the Swedish automaker is describing as being "an electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car all rolled into one."

The regular engine is a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter unit from Volvo's new Drive-E lineup and delivers 238 bhp (177 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The electric motor generates an additional 68 bhp (51 kW) and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) and is powered by a 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted underneath the load compartment. Refilling the batteries from a regular household outlet takes 4.5 hours with 10A amperage or 4 hours with a 16A charge.

When running in "Hybrid" mode, the Volvo S60L PPHEV will return an amazing 117.6 mpg US (141.2 mpg UK or 2 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of just 50 g/km. Running solely on electric power ("Pure") the concept can travel for distances of up to 50 miles (80 km) while hitting the "Power" button will combine the capacities of the turbocharged engine and electric motor to provide a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in an excellent 5.5 seconds.

The front wheels are driven by the gasoline-running engine while the rear axle is powered by the electric motor and if the AWD button is pressed, the powers of the two will be distributed as necessary. The concept's hardware arrangement also includes an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a crankshaft-driven ISG (Integrated Starter Generator)

Volvo will be showcasing the concept starting Sunday at the Beijing Motor Show where it will feature a matte white crystal pearl paint together with contrasting black and blue details on the alloys and lower areas of the body. On the inside there's unique hazel-brown leather with contrasting stitching, as well as chrome detailing and a blond color theme.

A production version of the S60L PPHEV will be introduced in China early next year.

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Volvo prepares S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid for Beijing Motor Show