2015 Volvo XC90 Goes All Plug-in Hybrid on the World
Volvo has been building its XC90 SUV for 12 years, relatively unchanged, and if you had just grown accustomed to it, well…tough luck. There’s a new Volvo XC90 on the horizon, and it’s a 400-horsepower hybrid. The future of Volvo lies in four-cylinder engines, and powerful ones at that. The automaker has chucked the XC90’s inline-six in favor of potent 2.0-liter units that integrate direct-injection, turbocharging and supercharging – all in the name of performance and emissions.
Through supercharging, Volvo ensures that the XC90 has enough power at the low end of the rev-range. Then the engine’s turbocharger takes over to bump-up mid- and upper-range power. Soon you won’t even miss the old V8.
The base engine, fitted to the upcoming XC90 T6, follows this formula and delivers 316-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. But Volvo will push the limit even further with its top of the line trim, the XC90 T8.
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The T8 features Volvo’s ‘Twin Engine’ setup, which adds an 80hp (60kW) electric motor to the standard engine to tip the scales at 400hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. Electric drive is directed solely to the rear wheels, while the car’s four-cylinder powers the front. Drivers can sip fuel all day in hybrid mode, shut-off the gas engine completely for up to 25 miles of emission-free electric driving, and kick back to hybrid mode for a burst of V8-esque power.
Despite all those rampant Swedish horses under the hood, the 2015 XC90 is expected to be rather kind to the environment as well, producing just 60 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The 2015 XC90 is pegged to reveal next month ahead of its official debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October.
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