There is no doubt that Volvo is an outstanding automotive company. They’ve been on the stage for so many years without losing their loyal fan base and they even manage to expand it daily. Their models are luxurious, reliable and simply amazing, but it seems that the manufacturer has more to offer. They decided to push their limits even further and represent a fascinating new model. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Volvo XC90 T8. The new model is a luxurious full-size SUV whose specs will surely impress you and leave you speechless. We will not bother you with its fascinating, comfortable and cozy interior, nor with its sleek, elegant and refined exterior design at the moment. Instead, we will tell you more about its powertrain. The new SUV will have superb performance in every sense of the word. Whether it is fuel economy, acceleration, steering or max speed, the new Volvo XC90 Twin Engine has passed all its tests with flying colors. This is even more surprising when you realize it is a plug-in hybrid SUV. That’s right; the fantastic new model is a green vehicle. So, how can it be that good and amazing? Keep reading to find out.
New Platform & Internal Organization
Let’s start with the basics. The Volvo XC90 T8 will be built on a SPA platform (Scalable Product Architecture platform) which will be made out of lightweight materials. In addition, this platform will be designed so that the battery pack can be placed in the central tunnel – that way, the new model will keep the heaviest part at the center of its body and at the lowest possible point – this will improve the model’s stability and precision. Also, the Volvo XC90 T8 will also come with a cozy and elegant cabin, whose comfort and space will not be compromised due to such battery position. Well done, Volvo!
Volvo XC90 T8 Powertrain Setup & Specs
Let’s move on to the powertrain. The Volvo XC90 T8 will come with a 65-kWh battery pack, an electric motor attached to the rear axle and a gasoline engine. The conventional mill that will be used is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Drive-E unit, which is really impressive, as it come with a turbocharged and supercharger. Thanks to this new and revolutionary engine, the new SUV will be capable of generating a total of 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque – the four-cylinder mill alone will produce 318 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the electric motor will add 82 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. With such powertrain setup and power output, the Volvo XC90 T8 will be a powerful and impressive vehicle. But that’s not all; the new full-size SUV will also come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that uses the shift-by-wire feature. Moreover, the Drive-E engine is located under the hood, the battery pack in the central tunnel and the electric motor at the rear axle – this way, the model has perfect weight balance, which improves its stability and precision even more.
Great New Feature – CISG
Another great thing that comes with the Volvo XC90 T8 is a CISG generator. That’s a special feature and a secret weapon of the new SUV. The CISG stands for crankshaft-mounted starter generator. The latter can produce additional 46 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque, and is used as a starter motor. The unit synchronizes the behavior of the aforementioned engine and motor and can also be used when in need of more torque power. This great and rather innovative feature will make the model perform smoothly and flawlessly, which will surely impact the driver’s and passengers’ experience.
Fantastic Fuel Economy & CO2 Emission
The Volvo XC90 T8 will come with great fuel economy. This full-size SUV will return 59 MPGe, which is truly impressive. This info refers to the results of the European driving cycle, but that doesn’t make it any less great. Also, the SUV’s CO2 emission is really minimal – only 59 g/km, which is around 95 g/mile. The new 2015 XC90 T8 will also come with fantastic specs performance-wise. The new green SUV can accelerate to 62 mph from a standstill in just 5.9 seconds, which is not bad for a model this type.
Five Driving Modes Offered
The Volvo XC90 T8 will come with five driving modes – Hybrid, Pure Electric, Power, AWD and Save. Each of them offers a unique and impressive performance, while concetrating on a feature you find the most important.
The Hybrid mode, which is a default, uses the gasoline engine and electric motor as it finds fit. This means it can determine on its own which combination is the best for the road condition.
The second drive mode is the Pure Electric. As the name implies, this one runs only on an electric motor and battery. With the all-electric drive the SUV can travel for 25 miles between two charges.
The Power mode is for those who like a bit more excitement while driving. The Power mode uses the electric motors to instantly add a lot of torque power, while the Drive-E unit is used for the higher revs.
The AWD mode, naturally, sends power to all four wheels, and can be activated manually. This way, you can only use it when you need it, and spend the rest of the time saving the fuel and energy.
The last mode is the Safe mode. This one preserves the battery juice and uses other parts to run the SUV. Also, when battery level is low, the gasoline mill can be used to charge it. This drive mode is very useful on the long-distance journeys.
Summarize of The New Full-Size Luxurious SUV
All in all, the Volvo XC90 T8 is an innovative, brilliant and great luxury SUV. The model comes with some new technological solution and raises the bar for all other green models out there. There is no doubt that the new SUV will be one of the most popular models in its market niche, and that many others will follow the Volvo’s leading steps. It is the three-point seatbelt story all over again.