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The new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine petrol plug in hybrid

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine!

The new XC90 is in your Volvo showrooms now, and is priced from a ‘not bad’ £45,750
The new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine petrol plug in hybrid

There are already over 1,000 customer orders in the bag. How’s that for generating dealer confidence?

Following recent tweaks to Volvo’s new XC90 T8 Twin Engine, it can now claim to be the world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV in the segment.

 

It now delivers 49 g/km CO2, 640 Nm of torque and an amazing 134.5mpg. Add to that up to 26 miles on pure electric range. An exceptional combination of power and economy.

Volvo claim no other SUV in this class can deliver 26 miles of pure electric range, 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds and provide combined power of 407 hp – whilst accommodating 7 people… and it’s in your showrooms now.

The new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine petrol plug in hybrid

 

Curious about what the Twin Engine is all about? Simply put it’s a hybrid with five different driving modes. Using either a scroll wheel on the centre console or a touchscreen on the dashboard you can choose between four driving modes; hybrid, pure electric, All Wheel Drive, and Save.

Hybrid is the default mode, automatically alternating between drawing power from the 2-litre, 4-cylinder Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the best overall fuel consumption. In pure electric mode, with the battery fully charged, the car drives on electric power only. Power mode gives you the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor.

All-wheel-drive, as the name suggests offers constant all-wheel drive on demand, allowing the driver to use it only when needed. Finally, Save mode applies when the battery is charged and allows the driver to “freeze” the battery level and save it for later use with Pure Electric drive. On the other hand, if the battery is low, the driver can use the combustion engine to charge the battery to a certain level for later use with Pure Electric drive.

The new XC90 is in your Volvo showrooms now, and is priced from a ‘not bad’ £45,750. Actually it’s great value for one of the most important Volvo’s ever released, one that intends to lift the bar somewhat over anything we’ve previously seen in this segment. We can’t wait to drive it.

There are already over 1,000 customer orders in the bag. How’s that for generating dealer confidence? Well founded I suspect, as we British tend to buy strictly on merit and value; it would appear that this very important car for Volvo has both.

- Kevin Haggarthy

 

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