The Swedes presented today Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept, the eco version of the premium crossover. The propulsion assembly provides 350 horsepower and promises a consumption of only 2.3 litres/100 km (123 MPG UK, 102 MPG US).
Volvo will exhibit at Detroit Auto Show 2012 (North American International Auto Show – NAIAS 2012) an innovative hybrid concept based on XC60. Named Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid, the concept comes powered by an assembly comprising a conventional gasoline engine and an electric one.
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Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept Engine & Specs
The internal combustion unit, labeled VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture), has four-cylinder, direct injection and is capable of delivering 280 hp (208.8 Kw / 283.9 PS) and 380 Nm (280.24 lb/ft), whilst ensuring an efficiency of at least 35% compared with the same engine power. Resources are channeled to the front axle through a new 8-speed transmission, a first in the Volvo range.
For the rear axle, Volvo has installed an electric engine of 70 horsepower (52.2 Kw / 71 PS) and 200 Nm (147.5 b/ft), which helps a lot in terms of performances and enables the economic driving. Thanks to the input power, which reaches 350 horses and the instant delivered torque, Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid boasts an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.1 seconds.
Even so, the emissions are only 53 g/km (103 mpg US, 123.7 mpg UK) and the combined fuel economy reaches a value of 2.3 liters/100 kilometers (123 MPG UK, 102 MPG US), when the driver selects the hybrid mode and uses both engines. With such a consumption, Volvo guarantees a range of 960 km (597 mi) with a full tank, impressive for a car that has 350 horsepower.
The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is labeled T8, thus trying to point out that a four-cylinder engine assisted by an electric unit can be assigned without problems within an area occupied so far by V8 units.
“The time has come to stop counting cylinders. Four-cylinder engines are the most effective way to reduce emissions and consumption without affecting the pleasure of driving and performance of our cars,” said Peter Mertens, vice-chairman of the Volvo Department of Research and Development.
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Video Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept In Detail
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