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2015 Volvo XC90 gets all-new diesel & hybrid engine range

Snapshot: Volvo claims the upcoming XC90 SUV will be the “world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV.”

Swedish automaker Volvo Auto has detailed the all-new engine range that will power its upcoming seven-seater XC90 SUV in the international markets. The SUV is scheduled to take its first public bow at the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, post which it will go on sale by December 2014 and is expected to land on Indian shores sometime after April 2015. 

The highlight of the new engine range is an innovative petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain that will power the T8-badged petrol-electric hybrid model. It features a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged unit in conjunction with a 85PS electric motor, which is used to drive the rear wheels. The hybrid XC90 will be able to commute for up to 40 km on electric power alone. Even with the addition of the large battery pack in the hybrid XC90, the company claims that the inside space hasn’t been compromised on, as the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform on which the car is based on was designed from the start to include hybrid technology. The XC90 SUV is the first model that is based on Volvo’s new platform. 

Apart from the petrol-electric hybrid model, two new diesel engines - D5 and D4 - have also been announced for the upcoming XC90 SUV. The D5 is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine that is rated at 227PS and 470Nm, while the D4 is a conventional turbo diesel that is able to churn out 192PS of max power and 399Nm of peak torque. Both the engines feature the new i-ART injection system, which is able to deliver precise amounts of fuel to each cylinder as required. 

The company has also confirmed that the engine range will be further expanded, post the model’s debut later this year to include, an all-electric version. 

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