Volvo introduces mild-hybrid and plug-in-hybrid powertrains for XC60 in Europe
Swedish automaker Volvo has introduced multiple mild-hybrid and plug-in-hybrid powertrains for its XC60 SUV in Europe, while discontinuing all the conventional engine choices. The new electrified XC60 could be launched in India in 2021. As for the highlights, the car has an eye-catching look and offers an upmarket cabin with a host of safety features. Here's our roundup.
Volvo XC60: At a glance
Volvo XC60 exhibits an eye-catching look, featuring a blacked-out grille bearing the company's logo, a muscular bonnet, a wide air dam, and iconic "Thor's Hammer" headlights. The SUV is flanked by roof rails, blacked-out B-pillars, ORVMs, and designer alloy wheels, while the rear section gets twin exhaust tips and L-shaped tail lamps. It has a wheelbase of 2,865mm and a ground clearance of 223mm.
How does the cabin look like?
The Volvo XC60 has a spacious 5-seater cabin with heated seats in the front and back, auto climate control, and a multifunctional steering wheel. The SUV houses a touchscreen infotainment system with support for Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. For the safety of the passengers, there are six airbags, a rear-view camera, crash sensors, ABS with EBD, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
XC60 is now available with four mild-hybrid engines
The Volvo XC60 gets a choice of two mild-hybrid petrol and two mild-hybrid diesel powertrains. They combine a 2.0-liter petrol/diesel engine with a 48V battery, Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), and an integrated starter generator. The mild-hybrid petrol engine delivers 247hp and 300hp on the B5 and B6 trims, respectively, while the mild-hybrid diesel motor makes 194.3hp (B4 model) and 232hp (B5 trim).
Volvo has also offered new plug-in-hybrid powertrains
The XC60's plug-in-hybrid variants pair a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine with an electric motor fueled by an 11.6kWh battery pack. It can be completely charged in 2.5 hours. The plug-in-hybrid powertrain line-up includes three variants: a 335hp, Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6, a 384.6hp, Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T8, and the range-topping 399.4hp, Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T8 Polestar Engineered with suspension and brake upgrades.
What about the pricing?
In the UK, the mild-hybrid variants of the Volvo XC60 start at £40,460 (roughly Rs. 40 lakh), while the plug-in-hybrid trims carry a starting price-tag of £50,695 (approximately Rs. 50.2 lakh). The new-generation XC60 should make its way to India next year.