Volvo is meting out bits of information regarding its upcoming 2016 XC90 SUV crossover prior to its full reveal in August. The latest involves the plug-in hybrid powertrain that will appear in its range-topping model, the XC90 T8. This plug-in hybrid will feature a gasoline/electric drivetrain the Swedes call "Twin Engine" technology.
The XC90 T8's Twin Engine mates a more-powerful Gen II version of a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter/4-cylinder Drive-E gasoline engine rated at 316 horsepower and driving the front wheels wsith an 8-speed automatic transmission incorporating an 80-horse rear axle electric motor energized by a center-mounted lithium-ion battery pack. Collectively, the unit makes 395 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque while trimming CO2 levels to 60 grams/kilometer on the European NEDC driving cycle. This output promise to make the new Volvo XC90 impressively quick as well as efficient.
EV range of 25 miles
No word yet on EPA numbers for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine, but Volvo says its lithium-ion battery pack will hold sufficient charge to let this 7-passenger SUV travel about 25 miles in zero-emission mode before requiring plug-in replenishment. U.S. buyers seeking a more affordable alternative also can opt for an XC90 T6 fitted with the same Drive-E engine. As in the T8, it will make 316 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque, although Volvo has yet to confirm whether the T6 will be front- or all-wheel drive. Turbodiesel engines will be offered in Europe, but their status for America is still up in the air.
As we reported earlier, the 2016 Volvo XC90 is the first vehicle to be based on the automaker's all new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). Designed from the start to accommodate all types of electrification technologies, the SPA design ensures that Twin Engine technology does not compromise passenger or cargo space in the XC90's elegantly appointed cabin -- which will be the most luxurious to ever appear in any Volvo and feature the firm's new touchscreen-focused multimedia interface.
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