Volvo has revealed details of the XC90 Plug-in hybrid, lets get the boring facts out of the way, it emits just 49g/km less than a chain smoker. OK so the XC90 Plug-in hybrid will save the world and make more snow in the Alps just like the good old days.
What caught our eye was the 407bhp this petrol-electric SUV will generate. If saving the world looks and drives like this then we will convert to the plug-in hybrid theory today.
That power is generated by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder 320bhp ‘Drive E’ petrol engine and a 87bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The combined power output of 407bhp and 640Nm of torque is enough to propel the XC90 hybrid to 0-62 in just 5.6 seconds.
Volvo claim a combined fuel economy of 134mpg but in our experience of driving hybrids its likely to fall in the 40-50mpg bracket.
Volvo also claim a pure electric range of 26 miles, that’s about spot on but again with our experience and depending on driving habits you’ll be lucky to get around 19mpg.
The XC90 will have the now ubiquitous driving modes, Hybrid, Pure Electric, Power Mode, AWD and Save all quite self explanatory.
The XC90 T8 Twin Engine as Volvo are calling this seven seat plug-in hybrid SUV will be available to order later this spring which sounds decidedly vague. Expect to fork out around £60,000 GBP.