- The redesigned 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV will be offered in plug-in hybrid and T6 gasoline engine versions, Volvo Cars of North America said on Tuesday.
- With a combined output of around 400 horsepower, the plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 will carry the badge "T8."
- Supercharged and turbocharged, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the T6 version will deliver 316 hp.
ROCKLEIGH, New Jersey — The redesigned 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV will be offered in plug-in hybrid and T6 gas engine versions, Volvo said on Tuesday.
The plug-in hybrid version of the all-wheel-drive XC90, which has a combined output of around 400 horsepower, will carry the badge "T8."
Supercharged and turbocharged, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the T6 version will deliver 316 hp.
Volvo is in the midst of a slow unveiling of the redesigned XC90. The interior of the seven-passenger SUV was revealed in May. The formal debut of the XC90 is set for the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
Pricing and launch timing in the U.S. has not been announced, but the XC90 is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships next spring.
Key competitors to the XC90 include the 2014-'15 Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. But with confirmation of the plug-in hybrid version, it's clear that Volvo is also targeting such future vehicles as the 2015 Tesla Model X.
Volvo is calling its plug-in hybrid drivetrain "Twin Engine" technology. The powertrain setup includes a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an 80 hp electric motor that drives the rear wheels.
The driver can switch to pure electric power at the push of a button. The XC90 plug-in hybrid has a range of about 25 miles in electric mode, the automaker said.
"In the past, you could either have power or low CO2 emissions," said Peter Mertens, Volvo Car Group senior vice president of research and development, in a statement. "But with the all-new XC90 you can have both."
Edmunds says: Car shoppers still have not seen the exterior redesign of the 2015 Volvo XC90. But the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together.