When the all new Volvo XC90 goes on sale later in year it will feature a hybrid T8 engine amongst its engine line-up.
The all-wheel-drive twin-engine T8 plug-in hybrid model will feature a two-litre; four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E petrol engine that powers the front wheels and an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It offers a range of around 25 miles at the push of a button under pure electric power, with a combined 400 hp / 640 Nm output when both motors are engaged.
The battery pack does not intrude into the interior space and it will still offer seats for seven. It uses a supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range to blend in with the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up with the electric motor on the rear wheels providing immediate torque.
There will also be the choice of two diesel units, a D5 twin turbo outputting 225 hp / 470 Nm, with a combined fuel consumption of around 47mpg and a D4 turbo offering 190 hp / 400 Nm capable of around 56mpg.Published 8 July 2014