The Volvo XC90 Excellence T8 Plug-in Hybrid will be launched in India on September 14.
Even though Volvo was immune to the diesel ban in India as their flagship XC90 large SUV is powered by sub-2.0-litre diesel engines, the Swedish automaker has decided to strengthen its portfolio by bringing in the XC90 Hybrid to India as well.
The more economical version of the SUV will be the XC90 Excellence trim with the T8 petrol engine with a plug-in hybrid system. The main draw of power will be from the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine that runs in tandem to the 65KW electric motor. The Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) working in tandem with the electric motor develops a combined power output of 400bhp and the torque figures peak at 640Nm. All of that is delivered through the 8-speed automatic gearbox, the the engine only powers the front wheels, while the electric motor sends the power to the rear wheels essentially forming a unique All-Wheel-Drive system. The engine has three driving modes – Pure: in which the vehicle in only propelled by the power generated by the electric motor. Hybrid: the powertrain mixes and matches all the combinations and Power mode lets the engine and the electric motor to run on full capacity for maximum performance.
Volvo claims the hybrid XC90 will do 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds and a sensitive roght foot can squeeze out 46km/l of mileage. The T8 is will come in the excellence trim and is expected to have a four seat configuration for India. Prices are expected to be around Rs. 1 crore mark ex-showroom.