Volvo has announced plans to offer the V60 Plug-in Hybrid in the more appealing R-Design specification.

The model can be visually distinguished by its R-Design front bumper and grille, along with a different rear diffuser and 18-inch Ixion alloy wheels. On the inside there are sports seats, pedals and floor mats as well as the Volvo On Call system which allows the owner to access various car functions via a smartphone app.

Just like the regular V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the R-Design derivative comes with a 5-cylinder 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine generating 215 PS (158 kW) and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox. There's also an electric motor with 70 PS (51 kW) and 200 Nm (149 lb-ft) powering the rear axle and working together with a 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the load compartment's floor.

When running in hybrid mode the vehicle will return an impressive 155.2 mpg UK in the NEDC cycle and provide a range of 621 miles (1,000 km) while on electric power it can travel for up to 31 miles (50 km). When power mode is activated, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will combine the forces of the diesel engine and electric motor and unleash all the available power to allow a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6.9 seconds.

The model is already available on order in UK where it costs 51,675 GBP for the D6 AWD R-Design Lux Nav variant. It should be mentioned the price tag does not include a 5,000 GBP Plug-In Car Grant. Volvo Cars UK says deliveries will commence in August.

Gallery: Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid now available in R-Design guise

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