2015 Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid – World Premiere (w/videos)

AUG 27 2014 BY MARK KANE 41

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo just announced the world premiere of new XC90 SUV in Stockholm.

Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group stated:

“This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand. This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years.”

The SUV, built on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture, in its most powerful version T8 will be a plug-in hybrid.

By selecting the EV mode, drivers can expect about 40 km (25 miles) of range according to the company via a 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels.

“The top-of-the-range XC90 ‘Twin Engine’ combines a two-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and offers an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation – around 400 horsepower with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle).”

“SPA is also able to integrate electrification at all levels without intruding on interior space or load space. Other carmakers have struggled to combine the bulk of a battery pack with a luxurious and spacious interior, something that Volvo has managed to overcome with SPA.”

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

By introducing the plug-in hybrid SUV, Volvo is entering hot segment, which already sees the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as the top-selling plug-in car in Europe.

Volvo XC90 will have third-row seating, which is missing in the Mitsubishi PHEV.

Outstanding driving pleasure and flexibility

The new SPA chassis technology reduces weight and improves weight distribution, improving driving pleasure without compromising on ride comfort.

SPA also allows for far more flexibility inside the car. The new XC90 features innovatively designed seats that free up interior space for passengers in the second and third rows, helping make the new XC90 a genuine seven-seater.

The sliding function on all seats in the second row can be used to create more legroom for passengers in the third row – or to increase loading capacity. The seats in the third row offer class-leading comfort for passengers up to 170 cm tall.

“SPA has enabled us to create the world’s first no-compromise SUV,” says Dr Mertens. “You get the agility of a much smaller and lower car, an in-command feel and generous interior space, plus an adrenaline rush delivered by powertrains that offer an unrivalled combination of power and low emissions. Of course, it carries the Volvo badge, meaning world-class safety is standard.””

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 LED lights

Volvo XC90 is the first Volvo model to get this new face and ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED lights:

The new face of Volvo: ‘Thor’s Hammer’ running lights

Today, for the first time, Volvo is revealing images of the front end or ‘face’ of the new XC90 SUV, which is distinguished by its T-shaped running lights, christened ‘Thor’s Hammer’ by the design team after the shape of the hammer used by the famous Norse god of thunder Thor.

“Anyone who looks in their rear-view mirror is going to know immediately that there is a new XC90 behind them,” says Mr Ingenlath. “The XC90 is a car that has presence on the road.””

…and a lot of other safety features:

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

.. to not end like that:

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Time for luxurious interior with large touch screen control console like in Tesla.

“The XC90’s interior is the most luxurious to have been designed for a Volvo. The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system. This system is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services. It also helps create an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered.

“The new interior is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect. The simplicity is perfectly in tune with our Scandinavian design heritage. It opens up generous surfaces and gives us the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture,” says Mr Ingenlath.

The new XC90 interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. Craftsmanship has been in sharp focus during the whole development work.”

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Current specification (not including T8 plug-in hybrid yet)

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41 Comments on "2015 Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid – World Premiere (w/videos)"

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Nice , want one!

Lol @ large screen like tesla

that thing is minuscule

and NOPE do not want

I could easily see this thing grabbing 10% of Model X sales with plenty of electric range for soccer moms, 400hp for dad and (the admittedly intangible) excellent image of Volvo. Musk laughed at the i3 which is probably grabbing 10% of Model S sales in competing markets and I wonder if he’ll laugh at this too.

The i3 is a completely different car to the Model S. It has much less interior room, less than a third of the cargo space, and is in no way competitive with an M5, 6/7-series, CLS/S-class, A6/A7/A8, Panamera, etc. A Model S is.

Model X? Maybe a few sales will be lost to the XC90, but 25 mile NEDC range is pretty small. That would probably only be enticing compared to ICE-only SUVs after you already ruled out the X (or never considered it).

25 miles EPA rather. The number is from Volvo and they deal in real world numbers.

The NECD will probably be 35 miles or so.

The tail lights look weird and overall it looks pretty generic.

Very X5 from the front and the back, as you said is loosing some of that great vertical Volvo light look.

Still, lots of progress since the “Refrigerator”


Glad to see Volvo making progress on a PHEV. A shame it doesn’t look as good as the concept renderings.

The big question on my mind is, will it arrive in the US?

I am pretty sure that it will. I was in a focus group in Beverly Hills around 2 months ago. It included Volt, PIP, CMax Energi and Accord Plug in owners. At the conclusion of the meeting they asked us what we thought of Volvo introducing a Plug in Hybrid.

It definitely will get to the US fast. China and the US are considered the two most important markets for the new XC90.

It’s got a plug, it MUST be green.

This won’t effect Model X sales more than a per percentage points. The XC90 will totally dominate the Lexus RX450h crowd who wants more space. Or the Q7 buyer who wants more efficiency. The XC90 is about Volvo taking the fight to the germans, not Tesla. So everyone can calm down.

That said, I want one of these over an X, because the X is just…not so refined when compared to the Volvo. Especially in the seat ergonomics department. The Model S seats are good for 100miles. Standard Volvo seats are good for 1000 mile days(Drove from VA to WA 2 years ago in XC70.) And that was before Volvo went an hired the guy who was in charge of Bentley’s interiors. He is now brining the material finishes up to Audi levels, while Tesla is stuck at entry-level luxury car interiors on a $80K luxo-barge.


I would be very surprised if Tesla did not substantially improve the seats on the Model X. Musk has publicly acknowledged that the next rev will be more comfortable.

I like the minimalist design of the Model S interior, hope they do not lard it up.

Haven’t the Model S seats been revised a time or two. This was in at least one presentation / hall meeting where Elon discussed it being worked on.

The standard seats have been upgraded.

Sport seats will be available as an option next year.

Standard seats if you prefer “Cadillac” type seats. Sport seats if you prefer “MB/BMW” type seats.

Three rows, and maybe a 6.6kw charger. Volvo has almost nothing to cannibalize. Just think PHEV, with marketing.

Exactly, Volvo is positioned the PHEV version very well.

Want to tow a huge boat, and thus don’t care about MPG? Buy a Tahoe.

Only want electric, no towing, no crazy all backroads adventures, you mostly cruise around civilization? Buy Model X

Everyone else? Buy XC90, efficiency in town, plus it’s capable of driving to Yellow Knife if that’s your kind of thing. And most importantly, towing one’s luxury Airstream trailer with ease on the weekends.

In North America Model X will outsell XC90 3:1. and it will outsell it in Europe as well.

You are of course talking about the plug-in version of the XC90.

The XC90 PHEV sales will be much more interesting when the open the PHEV combination with all motor versions (which they easily can since the platform is the same and built to fit everything needed) then the numbers will probably exceed the Model X.

Not that it really matters since very EV on the road is an improvement and that Model X will sell as many cars as they can produce no matter what else is on the market.

As you say when the PHEV functionality is available on the base “T5” 250hp versions there will be real progress being made. I assume they launched PHEV on the “T8” version simply because the added cost is acceptable when the costumer gains horsepower. This helps reset the idea that the Hybrid will be “lacking” in some way.

Don’t all those latter criteria apply to the Outlander too? At half the price and 50% more range?

Seven seats, and luxury options, as well as Volvo’s advanced camera and radar based safety systems move it well away from the Mitsu.

Granted. But your criteria above were “efficiency in town, plus it’s capable of driving to Yellow Knife if that’s your kind of thing. And most importantly, towing one’s luxury Airstream trailer with ease on the weekends.” The Outlander is definitely all that. Plus more AER and half the price. There was no mention of luxury and radar options etc., in your original comment comparing vehicles. Also, the Tahoe and the X lack some of the extra things you just brought up.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

60kW is pretty weak, and I guess it’s so weak because the battery’s too small. I wonder what the EV-only mode performance will be?

I bet this is the segment where they can get away with it. VW, not so much. At some point people will see electric vs. ICE mode performance as Vanilla and Chocolate. If you want it, you’ve got to look for the specs that can deliver it. This is a place where I think GM got it right with low NVH, as a priority.

The kids will be screaming in the XC90, and M&D are mostly going watch the bills. My take, anyway.

Car manufacturers are starting to understand one by one that plug-in hybrids and electric cars are making sense in the top price category and it is no use to chase subsidies and compliances. At this point of development new technology is expensive, but as markets expands, the cost of technology goes down.

We should ban altogether or at least punish heavily with car taxes pure ICE cars that cost more than 40 to 50 thousand dollars before taxes. This would be the most efficient method to create strong markets for electric cars and plug-in hybrids.

Also the premium category is where the development of new technology happens. This explains why e.g. Nissan has not pushed technology forward since the introduction of LEAF and modifications to new 2015 version are mostly cosmetic.

E.g. Why on Earth Nissan does not offer LEAF with AWD with torque vectoring? It would not be significantly more expensive and the value expansion of AWD–LEAF would be much stronger than the added cost of AWD.

AWD is a total waste.

AWD helps for stability control, acceleration, and regenerative braking. I don’t believe that regenerative braking is done on the front wheels of the plug-in version of the XC90.

Very tolerant view of diversity there. Not.

“People should be allowed to do whatever they want, as long as it is what I want them to do.”

People should of course not always be able to do as they want. Diversity when going in a bad direction isn’t really something to strive towards.
Imagine Elon Musk picking people for the mars base one day and saying “Hey, we don’t have enough diversity in the group. We are missing a rapist, a serial killer and a peadophile.”

A premium segment car is not a right, it’s a luxury and if you can afford that luxury you can afford to have it green or at least greener.

When & How much in the US ?

Do we atleast have a date for a date ?

Such a car with at least a 40 kWh battery pack would actually be a nice car.

But wait, no Supercharger option?

Let’s just wait for the Tesla Model X.

It has a supercharger…it’s just that it is on the engine. ;>

Bring it on! Nice that automakers with image and sales problems in the USA ( Volvo is owned by the Chinese! ) are making attempts at opening up new markets with plug-ins. Mitsu and Volvo will sell these things here because we Americans are JUST NUTS about SUVs or CUVs or SAVs or WHATEVER you want to label high, un-aerodynamic, low cargo space compared to minivan – station wagons. If the marketing folks never invented the SUV tag, and these vehicles were called – “Super Station Wagons”, nobody would’ve bought them and they’d be a non-issue. So when/if your buddies diminish the efficacy of great marketing, use SUVs and mountain bikes as examples. Mountain bikes, or bikes with big round tires and sturdy frames have been around for a century, yet call it a “Mountain Bike” and it miraculously demands interest and a higher price! You see, the human mind LOVES to imagine just what you could do with something given the chance. Being outdoors, healthy or sexy just comes with verbiage! “SPORTS”, “UTILITY”…haha… Studies have proven 85% of SUVs never see dirt and the most mountain the average mountain bike sees is a lawn or dirt walking path. This… Read more »

All said – I still deeply believe the whole mass-adoption of the EV or PHEV balances on the reality or not of the battery Gigafactory.

No amount of $55,000-$70,000 PHEV SUVs or $120,000 BEV SUVs will turn the tide until there is mass-production of lithium cells on the mega-giga – bigga level of uber-production numbers.

How about $35k PHEV’s of the most popular car models sold today? 😉

I guess it will cost over $60K…


The launch 1927-edition XC90’s will be in the $65,000 range and just looking at the competition it would seem reasonable for the PHEV to start at $60K, especially since Geely is keen to make Volvo a top-shelf luxury brand commanding Germanic prices.

For reference:

Porsche Cayenne,
Diesel 240hp $61,700
PHEV 416hp $74,100

Q7 $47-61K base price for the petrol version.