Friday, July 25, 2014

Gamechanger: The All-New Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo has just announced the all-new XC90 will be the cleanest and most powerful SUV. Environmental care has always been a core value for Volvo and it really shows in the XC90…

Volvo Cars' all-new XC90 will offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation when it is launched early next year. The all-wheel drive seven seater offers drivers up to 400 horsepower but with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle). There has never been an SUV offering this level of power this cleanly.

“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the all-new XC90 you can have both.”

The new XC90 offers a range of Drive-E engine options, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency.

“With our new Drive-E powertrains, we have created a family of intelligent engines with power curves that give exciting drivability at the same time as delivering world-beating fuel economy,” added Dr. Mertens.

Twin Engine technology

For the all-new XC90, the top of the range ‘Twin Engine’ will carry the badge ‘T8’ and be a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one.
Normal driving is conducted in the default hybrid mode. This utilizes a two-litre, supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine that powers the front wheels and an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels.


It uses the supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range to give the engine a big, naturally-aspirated feel, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The electric motor on the rear wheels provides immediate torque.

But at the push of a button the driver can switch to quiet and emission-free city driving on pure electric power where the range will be around 40 kilometres, and then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor, with its combined output of around 400 hp and 640 Nm of torque.

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