Volvo’s Next Gen XC90 to Feature Turbo/Supercharged Engine with Plug-in Hybrid Tech
July 8, 2014 10:50 AM
Volvo XC Coupe Concept
Volvo's next generation XC90 T8 will produce 400hp and 472 lb-ft of torque
Volvo isn’t leaving anything on the table when it comes to its next generation XC90 crossover. The first generation XC90 was launched in the United States way back in 2002 and has soldiered on as largely the same vehicle (with some minor updates thrown in for good measure) ever since.
Given that the current XC90 is so old (albeit with an
exemplary safety record
), Volvo is looking to make a big bang with the second generation model. The 2015 XC90 will be available with a number of gasoline and turbodiesel engine options, but the most impressive model will feature a complex array of tech to boost power and fuel efficiency.
If you were expecting the top-of-the-line engine to sport eight-cylinders or at least six cylinders, you’ll be greatly disappointed. The all-new “Twin Engine,” which will be badged as T8, is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is both supercharged and turbocharged. This engine powers the front wheels, while an 80hp (60 kw) electric motor is strapped to the rear axle.
Volvo XC90 T8 chassis
When combined, the powertrain in the plug-in hybrid generates 400hp and 472 lb-ft of torque compared to 311 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque for the discontinued V8 engine that was optional in the XC90 from 2005 through 2010. Thanks to the generous capacity of its onboard battery, the XC90 T8 can travel up to 25 miles on battery power alone.
The lesser XC90 T6 will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine generating 316hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Volvo XC Coupe Concept
When it comes to exterior styling, we have to look to the Concept XC Coupe, which made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Just add two more doors for the rear passengers and you have a general idea of what the production vehicle will look like.
2015 Volvo XC90 interior
As for its interior, Volvo has already shown us a fully-dressed production interior complete with a massive, central touch display which Volvo says “forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system.”
The all-new XC90 is set to begin production in the fourth quarter.
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