- The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept, the automaker's second plug-in hybrid offering, will debut next week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
- Volvo says the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid technology will reach American showrooms in a "couple of years," but will not say on which model.
- Volvo describes the XC60 concept as an all-in-one electric, hybrid and performance car.
DETROIT — The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept, the automaker's second plug-in hybrid offering, will debut next week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Volvo says the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid technology will reach American showrooms in a "couple of years."
Volvo describes the XC60 concept as an all-in-one electric, hybrid and performance car. The XC60 seems custom tailored for U.S. consumers since the engine in the XC60 concept uses gasoline, not diesel. A diesel-electric Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be the first production model with this technology. The car will go on sale in Europe later this year, said Volvo.
"This world-class gasoline plug-in hybrid technology, featuring a state-of-the-art four-cylinder engine from our upcoming Volvo Environmental Architecture engine family, will reach our American showrooms in a couple of years," said Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volvo Car Corp. in a statement on Wednesday. "However, it is too early to say which model will be the first to feature this solution."
The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept offers a push-button solution for finicky drivers. The driver chooses the driving mode from three buttons on the instrument panel.
In "pure" mode, the car is powered solely by its electric motor "as much as possible," said Volvo. In this mode, the car has a range of 35 miles.
The "hybrid" mode is the standard setting whenever the car is started. In this mode, the car has a range of 600 miles and has a combined average fuel economy of 50 mpg, according to the automaker.
In "power" model, the technology delivers "maximum possible power," said Volvo. The 280-horsepower gasoline engine is combined with a 70-hp electric motor. Volvo says the car sprints from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds in this mode.
The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept's front wheels are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The rear wheels are driven by the electric motor powered by a 12kW lithium-ion battery pack.
The engine is part of the automaker's upcoming Volvo Environmental Architecture engine family, which features gasoline and diesel offerings. The engine family is expected to include three-cylinder engines, said Volvo.
The new powertrains are "considerably lighter than present engines with similar performance," said Volvo. Fuel economy is expected to be improved by up to 35 percent compared to engines with similar performance.
The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept gets white exterior paint, 21-inch wheels and a cabin with dark blue leather upholstery. It also features the Volvo Sensus infotainment system, which tells the driver where to find charging stations and the best route for low energy consumption.
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