2015 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid is Going to Be Amazing
Finally, we have something new about the 2015 Volvo XC90 to fawn over. Granted, it’s not the comprehensive exterior shots that many of us have been hoping for, but it’s arguably as exciting to discover that the XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid will boast a Twin Engine drivetrain that will generate 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque while only producing 60 g/km of CO2 emissions.
“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the all-new XC90 you can have both.”
The XC90 will get a number of different powertrains within the Drive-E range, including the D5 twin turbo diesel and its 225 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque pr the D4 with its 190 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a T6 turbo engine that will generate 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which Volvo believes will create a best-in-class combination of power and fuel economy.
The highlight, of course, is the line-topping XC90 T8 Twin Engine, which uses a two-liter, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine to power the front wheels and an 80 horsepower electric motor to power the rear wheels. It’s a luxury SUV that’s basically as clean as a Prius, because nobody said environmentally responsible driving had to be boring.
With more information on the 2015 XC90 forthcoming, it’s fair to say that we could be looking at an early contender for numerous vehicle of the year awards. It’s already earned the title of Champion of Our Hearts for the day.