Volvo have shown own off their first purpose built car with plug in/electrification compatibility. The XC90 T8 will be a luxury SUV that very much rivals small hybrid cars as far as emissions go with a tiny 59g/km.
The XC90 T8 delivers ultra low emissions but doesn’t compromise on performance, efficiency, luggage space or driving pleasure thanks to Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture platform and Drive-E petrol powertrain that produces 400bhp.
This new model can go from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds, more than impressive for a spacious 7-seat SUV. Also available are five different driving modes, which offer different performance and efficiency characteristics that can be accessed by either the touchscreen or scroll wheel. These modes include Hybrid, which is for everyday use and uses both the electric and 2.0-litre petrol engine for maximum efficiency. Pure electric offers 25 miles of solely electric driving which is most efficient in the city. Power mode uses both engines; electric motor for responsiveness with higher torque and the petrol engine is responsible for the added speed. AWD consists of constant four-wheel drive, and finally save mode allows the driver to “freeze” the battery level and save it for later with Pure Electric drive.
A specially modified version of the 4-cyclinder Drive-E engine will be in the XC90 T8, equipped with a turbo and supercharger. Producing 318bhp, it has been praised for dishing out the power more efficiently than engines twice its size.
Clever design features such as the battery being mounted down the centre of the car where it doesn’t intrude upon space for passengers and luggage is also beneficial due to a lower centre of gravity. This makes the XC90 T8 safer and easier to handle in the bends.
As the world’s cleanest SUV, the XC90 T8 joins a growing list of Volvo cars designed to create a more comfortable driving experience, a cleaner environment and safer roads.