Plug-In Volvo XC60 T8 Enters U.S. Next Month With 10.4 kWh Battery

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Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo latest plug-in hybrid, the premium mid-sized SUV XC60 T8 Twin Engine, debuted in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

The car is based on the company’s SPA vehicle architecture, first used in the 90 series (XC90 and S90). Production of the XC60 actually began in mid-April at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden, but initially for only conventional ICE version…which no one cares about.

The plug-in hybrid T8 is to be available in the U.S. from September in three trim levels (which are over $11,000 more expensive than base T5 ICE). So we look forward to adding it to our, ever more crowded, monthly plug-in sales report for the US.

Prices (base MSRP / after $995 destination and $5,002 federal tax credit):

  • Momentum: $52,900 / $48,893 
  • R-Design: $56,200 / $52,193
  • Inscription: $56,700 / $52,693

Whereas, the XC90 T8 starts at $67,800 / $64,210 (incl. $995 and $4,585 tax credit).

The XC 60 T8 Twin Engine version of the SUV is top of the line with 407 hp system output and 5.3 seconds time 0-62 mph (100 km/h).

The battery stores 10.4 kWh of energy, which is actually more than the 9.2 kWh found in the original XC90 T8 (although the XC90 and S90/V90 are to be upgraded now as well for 2018).

How will it be received in the US?  Well, only time will tell, but we imagine at least as well as its older brother (XC90 T8), which has moved as many as 202 copies this year (June).  Is 300-400 units an unreasonable expectation?  We think not.

Quick spec:

  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds
  • top speed 230 km/h (143 mph)
  • system output of around 400 hp (2.0 gasoline direct injection engine, combined with 8-speed automatic tansmission in the front plus 65 kW electric motor for the rear axle)
  • 10.4 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • all-electric range isn’t yet known (it was 14 miles EPA in XC90 T8, so we figure 18-20 miles is a safe bet in the smaller platform)
  • AWD

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

Below:  Full specs (at bottom), and some videos on the upcoming XC60 T9 PHV:

2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plugin Hybrid: Everything We Know So Far!

2018 Volvo XC60 T8: How Volvo does Driving Dynamics & the engineer behind it – Stefan Karlsson

2018 Volvo XC60 T8 AWD – Exterior and Interior Walkaround – Debut at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Luxe – White Crystal Metallic | Interior, Exterior Design

The New Volvo XC60: Walk Around

2018 Volvo XC60 Specifications
XC60 T8 AWD (320 hp) aut
Engines B4204T35
Type In-line 4 cyl. supercharged and turbocharged
Configuration AWD
Displacement 1969 cm³
Bore 82,0 mm
Stroke 93,2 mm
Compression ratio 10,3:1
Valves, no/cylinder 4 ea.
DOHC / SOHC DOHC
Engine management system Gasoline direct injection
Ignition sequence 1 – 3 – 4 – 2
Engine idling speed (rpm) 850 rpm ± 100
Fuel, rec. Octane 95 – 98 RON
Max engine speed 6000 rpm
Max output, kW (hp)/rpm 235 kW (320 hp) / 5700 rpm
Max torque, Nm/rps 400 / 37 – 90 Nm / rps
¹ According to EN590 Maximum biodiesel (FAME) content 7%
Transmissions (AWD) AW TG-81SD
First Gear (AWD) 5,250
Second Gear (AWD) 3,029
Third Gear (AWD) 1,950
Fourth Gear (AWD) 1,457
Fifth Gear (AWD) 1,221
Sixth Gear (AWD) 1,000
Seventh Gear (AWD) 0,809
Eighth Gear (AWD) 0,673
Reverse Gear (AWD) 4,015
Manual Gearbox/final drive (AWD)
Automatic Gearbox / final drive (AWD) 3,329
Performance Automatic
Gearbox AW TG-81SD
Acceleration, 0-100 km/h 5,3 sec
Top speed 230 km/h
Fuel consumption (EC 199/100, Combined) 2,1 l/100 km
CO² 49 g/km
* = Restricted offer
Length 4688 mm
Width (body width) 1902 mm
Width (body width, wheel arch ext. Rim size 21”) 1915 mm
Width (body width, wheel arch ext. Rim size 22”) 1939 mm
Width (mirrors folded) 1999 mm
Width (incl. mirrors) 2117 mm
Height (Including shark fen) 1658 mm
Height with open tailgate/trunklid (H110) 2034 mm
Wheelbase 2865 mm
Track, front (Rim size:   17″-19″  /  20″ / 21″ / 22″) 1653 mm / 1649 mm / 1655 mm / 1668 mm
Track, rear (Rim size:   17″-19″  /  20″ / 21″ / 22″) 1657 mm / 1653 mm / 1659 mm / 1673 mm
* with air suspension
Ground clearance 216 mm
Ground clearance (with air suspension) 209 mm
Approach angle (at curb weight) 23,1 degr
Breakover angle (at curb weight) 20,8 degr
Departure angle (at curb weight) 25,5 degr
Wading capability depth at curb weight (max speed 10 km/h) Up to a depht approximately level with the floor at walking speed
Weight (Depending on type of engine, gearbox etc.) 1814 kg – 2115 kg
Total Weight (Depending on type of engine, gearbox etc.) 2470 kg – 2700 kg
Max trailer weight, Unbraked (Max) 750 kg
Max trailer weight, Braked (Max) 2100 kg
Fuel tank, Petrol 50 l
Fuel tank, Diesel
Aerodynamics, (Cd) 0,32
Aerodynamics, (Frontal area) 2,61 m²
Max roof load 100 kg
Headroom without panorama roof (front) (Maximum) 1037 mm
Headroom with panorama roof (front) (Maximum) 1009 mm
Headroom without panorama roof (front/rear) 994 mm / 988 mm
Headroom with panorama roof (front/rear) 966 mm / 966 mm
Passenger compartment width at shoulder height (front/rear) 1478 mm / 1430 mm
Leg room (front/rear) 1055 mm / 965 mm
Hip room (front/rear) 1433 mm / 1408 mm
Largest Luggage volume – First (V214-1) (Largest volume. Load height limited by the head lining. Front limited by vertical plane tangential to the rear side of the front seatback) Total (including V209)
Largest Luggage volume – First (V214-1) (Largest volume. Load height limited by the head lining. Front limited by vertical plane tangential to the rear side of the front seatback) Total (including V209) (B4204T35 & B4204T28) 1395 l
Largest Luggage volume – Second (V214-2) (Second seat up. Load height limited by the headlining. Front limited by vertical plane tangential to the rear side of the front seatback) Total (including V209)
Largest Luggage volume – Second (V214-2) (Second seat up. Load height limited by the headlining. Front limited by vertical plane tangential to the rear side of the front seatback) Total (including V209) (B4204T35 & B4204T28) 598 l
Open Luggage Compartment – First (V211-1) (Second seat folded. Load height limited to upper edge of the front seatback or lower edge of the rear window) Total (including V209)
Open Luggage Compartment – First (V211-1) (Second seat folded. Load height limited to upper edge of the front seatback or lower edge of the rear window) Total (including V209) (B4204T35 & B4204T28) 817 l
Open Luggage Compartment – Second (V211-2) (Second seat up. Load height limited to the upper edge of the second seatback or second window) Total (including V209)
Open Luggage Compartment – Second (V211-2) (Second seat up. Load height limited to the upper edge of the second seatback or second window) Total (including V209) (B4204T35 & B4204T28) 468 l
Luggage volume, Separate Storage Areas in Luggage Compartment. (V209). (Closed storage areas located around the luggage compartments, behind wheel arches, under the floor, or any other area) (without spare wheel)
Luggage volume, Separate Storage Areas in Luggage Compartment. (V209). (Closed storage areas located around the luggage compartments, behind wheel arches, under the floor, or any other area) (with spare wheel)
Luggage volume, Separate Storage Areas in Luggage Compartment. (V209). (Closed storage areas located around the luggage compartments, behind wheel arches, under the floor, or any other area) (without charge cable) (B4204T35 & B4204T28) 18 l
Luggage volume, Separate Storage Areas in Luggage Compartment. (V209). (Closed storage areas located around the luggage compartments, behind wheel arches, under the floor, or any other area) (with charge cable) (B4204T35 & B4204T28) 16 l
Cargo length from the first seatback to the tailgate measured at:
 – the top of the first seatback (SAE  L204-1) 1616 mm
 – the height of the floor covering (SAE  L202-1) 1746 mm
Cargo length from the second seatback to the tailgate measured at:
 – the top of the second seatback (SAE  L204-2) 758 mm
 – the height of the floor covering (SAE  L202-2) 960 mm
Cargo floor height to ground (GCIE  H253) (curb weight) 616 mm
Rear opening height (GCIE  H202) (car center line) 776 mm
Cargo height (SAE  H201) (rear wheel center and car center line) 776 mm
Cargo floor width, min. (GCIE W202) (SAE W201) (between wheel housings) 1055 mm
Rear opening width:
upper min. (GCIE  W205) 905 mm
at floor, min. (GCIE  W207) 1010 mm
Suspension front Double Wishbone Suspension, Coil Springs, Hydraulic Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar, Optional Air Suspension and Active shock absorbers
Suspension rear Integral Axle with Transverse Composite Leaf Spring, Hydraulic Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar, Optional Air Suspension and Active shock absorbers
Steering Electric Power Assisted Rack and Pinion Steering
Steering ratio (angle/angle) 16,6
Turning circle (Curb to curb) 11,4
Turning circle (Wall to wall) 11,8
Turns of steering wheel end to end 3,0
Braking system Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Brake Assistance (EBA)
Brake disc diameter (front) Brake: 17” / 18” 322 mm / 345 mm
Brake disc diameter (rear) Brake: 16” / 17” 302 mm / 320 mm
Brake disc thickness (front) Brake: 17” / 18” 28 mm / 30 mm
Brake disc thickness (rear) Brake: 16” / 17” 12 mm / 20 mm
Braking distance 100-0 km/h 36 m

 

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28 responses to "Plug-In Volvo XC60 T8 Enters U.S. Next Month With 10.4 kWh Battery"

  1. John Ray says:

    You know, it is sort of astonishing that companies put this much effort into a product to only sell a few hundred copies. Maybe they’re just trying to cover the R&D cost.

    1. evnow says:

      They make sense only as compliance cars.

    2. ModernMarvelFan says:

      Few hundreds in the US maybe…

      It is aimed for much higher volume in Europe and China.

    3. Peter says:

      Yes that is the question, why invest so much to gain so little ?

      These cars will loose so much value in a very short time.

      Volvo will loose money and the buyer will loose a lot of money.

      Tesla cars still keep a high value after 4 years ! And they will not loose much value even after 8 years !

  2. DJ says:

    Looks comfy!

  3. speculawyer says:

    Ugh…what is wrong with these European PHEV makers? Why such small batteries?

    At LEAST put 16KWH in there to get the full tax credit! FFS!

    All I can figure is that there is some EU regulation reason for these small battery PHEVs.

    1. alohart says:

      I suspect that there’s not a lot of space in an ICE vehicle into which to stuff a decent battery pack without impinging on interior space. And then there’s the additional weight of a second drive system that already makes a PHEV heavy, so minimizing the battery pack size minimizes the weight gain.

      PHEV’s have all the complexity of an ICE vehicle plus the additional complexity of an EV power train, so I suspect that PHEV’s will be a brief bridge between ICE vehicles and BEV’s. But BEV charging must become faster and more convenient, and battery packs need to become more energy dense and less expensive before PHEV’s will finally disappear. Good riddance when it happens!

    2. Viktor says:

      In many European country like Sweden a plug-in hybrid get subsidies if it’s emissions is 49 g CO2 per kilometer or lower, take a look at this car emission…

  4. John says:

    Oooh!!! A 10kWh battery, stop the presses! 17 mile range??

    Hey Volvo- 2012 called, it wants it’s “electric” vehicle back…

    1. Mint says:

      Given that the XC60 and XC90 both get similar 23-24 MPG on gas, I dont thing the electric range will be even 17 miles, and certainly not the 20-miles predicted by the article’s author.

      Do buyers of $50k+ cars bother with plugging in to save 0.7 gallons of gas? I hope so, but kinda doubt it.

  5. vdiv says:

    Model 3 specs at unveiling: 6
    XC60 T8 specs at unveiling: 6 pages

  6. Tech01x says:

    65 kW (87 hp) motor… why bother? This is ridiculous. The problem is that people won’t bother to plug in, so that 10 kWh battery pack will be wasted. It’s basically a hybrid that someone might occasionally plug in. But with so little performance, they usually won’t bother.

    This is a waste of lithium ion batteries and a sign of what Volvo means by electrification.

    1. bro1999 says:

      Well, better than a plain hybrid I guess.

    2. DJ says:

      Here’s why this person is wrong.

      Many people will plug this in because it will give them considerably better fuel economy around town. While an 87hp motor isn’t going to launch this thing from 0-60 what it will do is make it so that it requires less gas to do so and then either no gas or less gas once it’s up to speed.

      It’s not meant really for the person who drives 100 miles each way to work but rather the person who toodles around town or even someone who say drives 40 miles round trip to work during which the battery can offset a lot of fuel from being consumed.

      PHEVs aren’t perfect, nor are BEVs, but they are really the easiest way to get a lot of people in to EVs and reduce the amount of fuel they consume. In the end isn’t reducing the amount of fuel consumed a good thing?

      In closing, if you opt to spend the extra $ for the plug in I’m willing to bet you’re the type of person who will plug it in. Even if it only gets you ~20 miles of AER…

      1. pjwood1 says:

        I think he’s right. For $50,000, any car maker ought to give its PHEV customer at least the KWh storage that enables a basic, around-town electric mode. At less than 15KWh, you can tell Volvo is introducing an “enhanced hybrid”. At 5,000 pounds (“2470kg-2700kg”), you’d have to upwardly adjust what I just wrote.

        If this is Volvo’s “All electric” plan, they should have just gone with 6 cylinder gas cars, and smaller 4 cylinder EREVs, that use >20KWh. Those would be compelling products, instead of coming up short in both engine and battery size.

    3. SteveSeattle says:

      While the specs are disappointing I am interested in this vehicle. It may be a good candidate to replace my Outback. I am tired of waiting for a plug-in midsize CUV.
      This would work for my wife’s city commuting and provide decent mpg for our family trips away from the city.

  7. Jean-François Morissette says:

    Will the S90/V90 T8 be sold in the US also?

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    So, it is basically a faster, better and more premium version of an Energi design but at almost 2x the price…

    It is cheaper than BMW X5e40 though.

    1. Dan says:

      The Volvo has all wheel drive via the rear electric motor. Its for rich people.

      I have a C max energy (cheap lease) and get 20 -25 miles in EV mode gently driving around town and like it except for its small cargo space and rather portly weight. No real point using the EV on the highway but you can drive cross country anytime you want w/no problems and 500 miles between fill ups.

  9. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I will pay $38K for it, not a penny more!

    I guess Volvo will be missing my hard earned money then.

  10. Lad says:

    With 8 gears, this car hardly has time to shift to high from corner to corner…looks like they threw everything pending in the engineering department into this “Last Hurrah” ICE car before giving up to making fully electrics.

  11. trackdaze says:

    Good to see they are moving in the right direction in terms of improving the battery size for a phev by 13%.

    Another two upgrades and it would be goldilocks.

  12. Rich says:

    I’m thrilled we’ll have another PHEV CUV on the market and it’s a great looking vehicle. I wish they would ease up on the long nose and provide more cargo capacity. It’s 16″ longer and 4″ wider than the Buick Encore but has the same cargo capacity.

    Volvo XC60 T8
    —dimensions 184″ L x 74″ W x 65″ H
    —cargo 49 ft³

    Buick Encore
    —dimensions 168″ L x 70″ W x 65″ H
    —cargo 48.4 ft³

  13. cab says:

    Um, isn’t the XC90 14 miles of range (not 17),which means the XC60 will be more like 17?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Yes, good catch, the current XC90 T8 offering should be listed at 14 miles of range. Fixed, thanks!

  14. Get Real says:

    And just think all you GM fanboys, GM could easily OWN this market of by putting their class leading Voltec tech into CUVs, SUVs and hell, even trucks.

    However, they have no intention of building products that would cannibalize their ICE vehicle lineup.

    At least until Tesla forces them to compete in this space.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      GM has introduced far more EVs to the market than any other automaker.

      They have the highest range plug-in hybrid (Volt) and the highest range BEV (Bolt EV).

      While I too would like it to be faster, give it some time. Hopefully they’ll have something soon after the tax credits expire.

      1. So with all those firsts that GM has, we are simply saying, it is time for them to bring us some more firsts!

        For example, join the Drive Train of the Volt (or the ELR), with that of the Bolt EV, use 40-45 kWh of the current 60 kWh in the Bolt EV, plus a 7-10 Gallon Gas Tank, to create a group of 130-150 Mile Range (on Battery Electric Power), All Wheel Drive Vehicles, that can drive another 300-400 Miles in Gas or Hybrid Mode: Mid Size Sedans and Coups, CUV’s, Small Pickups, etc!

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