Volvo has revealed the pricing of the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine, which is its first seven passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The 7-seater SUV in its electric hybrid avatar is powered by Volvo’s 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine and a rear axle electric motor. It is being price from $68,100-$71,600 (Around Rs. 42.26-44.64 Lakhs), while being launched in three trims - Momentum, R-Design, & Inscription.
Owners can choose to operate the T8 in a variety of modes. It has hybrid as the default mode, which is suitable for everyday use and the XC90 will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the optimum overall fuel economy. The second model is pure electric, which is used primarily in a city environment. Although, it can power the car up to highway speeds when the high-voltage battery is fully charged as it is the car’s sole energy source, and hence powering the electric motor over the rear axle. Preliminary testing based on EPA criteria produced an estimated range of 27 kms. using just electricity, which represents a high percentage of drivers’ typical daily usage.
The third mode is power mode which utilizes the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor. On start-up, the XC90 T8 takes advantage of the electric motor’s superior response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, which is equivalent to that of a large displacement engine. In this mode, the T8 has a maximum power of 394 bhp and does a 0-96.5kmph in just 5.7 seconds. Each T8 features “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights, power front seat cushion extensions, high level interior illumination and a hand blown Orrefors® crystal gear shift.
The XC90 T8 Inscription provides an even higher level of luxury and elegance as it comes with linear wood inlays, luxurious Nappa leather seats, rear exterior chrome accents and mirror covers, and silver matte front grill. On the other hand, the XC90 T8 R-Design highlights the car’s sporty performance with external features including a piano black front grille, R-Design lower front spoiler, dual integrated tail pipes and matte silver mirror covers and window trim. A performance-focused interior design awaits drivers with Nubuck and Nappa leather contour seats, steering wheel gear shift paddles, a perforated leather gear shift and steering wheel.