Volvo unveils the 400bhp twin-charged PHEV for all-new XC90

The all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 is one of the most anticipated SUVs to arrive in the very near future. We have seen spy shots, official interior images and three concept cars, previewing the exterior design.

Volvo has now announced powertrain details that include exclusively only four-cylinder engines. No big V8 or even six cylinder units.

The top of the range Twin Engine’ will carry the ‘T8’ badge and is a plug-in electric hybrid, using a 2.0-litre four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E petrol engine that powers the front wheels and an 80bhp (60 kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels, for a combined power output of 400bhp and 640Nm of torque.

The supercharger is for the bottom end of the power range to give the engine a big, naturally-aspirated feel, while the turbocharger kicks in later to offer extra boost at higher rpm. The electric motor on the rear wheels provides immediate torque.

The range from a purely EV mode is around 25 miles.

Other two engines include a D5 twin turbo diesel engine with 225bhp and 470 Nm of torque, delivering around 47mpg, plus the D4 turbo diesel engine with 190bhp and 400 Nm delivering a fuel economy of 56mpg.

The all-new seven seater XC90 will debut at the Paris Motor Show in early October.


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