New Volvo V60 To Get 2 PHEV Variants

FEB 22 2018 BY MARK KANE 38

Volvo just introduced the beautiful, all-new V60 versatile family wagon that just so happens to have two plug-in hybrid powertrain options.

Volvo V60 T6 Twin Engine

The V60 is the fifth Volvo based on the SPA platform offered as a plug-in hybrid (after the XC90, S90, V90 and XC60).

The two plug-ins are top of the line, equipped with a 10.4 kWh battery that’s good for up to 45 km (28 miles) in all-electric mode.

Powertrain is all-wheel drive, with 65 kW (87hp), 240 Nm rear electric motor and a 2.0-liter gasengine in the front. System output depends on the version, despite the engine being the same (it seems software limited, perhaps):

  • Volvo V60 T6 Twin Engine – 340 hp, 590 Nm
  • Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine – 390 hp, 640 Nm

The T6 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and surprisingly the T8 does too (though maybe this is a preliminary spec ).

Sales are expected to begin later this year.

In the UK, sales will begin in the third quarter, starting at a price of £31,810 (€35,954 or $44,275).

Related – Volvo: Every Car Launched From 2019 On Will Have Electric Motor – 5 New BEVs Coming

With such a striking design, there shouldn’t be a problem finding customers. Interestingly, Volvo will offer the car through its new premium subscription service Care by Volvo, which provides access via a monthly flat-fee subscription, rather than through ownership. The car can be purchased by traditional means, too.

Volvo V60

Volvo V60

Volvo V60 Twin Engine

Volvo V60

Volvo V60 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo V60

Press blast:

Volvo launches new V60 versatile family estate

Volvo V60 T6 Twin Engine

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the new V60 five-door, mid-size premium estate, underlining the Swedish company’s position as a maker of cars that combine good looks with everyday practicality.

The car was launched in its natural habitat – the driveway of a family home in Stockholm – highlighting Volvo Cars’ pedigree in family estates and pinpointing how the V60’s versatile design caters to the diverse needs and realities of modern family life.

Few car makers can match Volvo Cars’ history and credibility in making well-designed, practical and versatile estate cars.

“The family estate driver is an important customer for our business and has been for generations,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “The new V60 honours that tradition, but also takes it much further.”

Volvo V60

The new V60 shares Volvo Cars’ Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with the award-winning new XC60 and four top-of-the-line 90 Series cars, which have been the collective force behind the company’s record-breaking global sales performance in recent years.

The SPA-based V60 introduces a new standard to the mid-size premium estate segment with a luxurious interior, increased levels of space, advanced connectivity, plus Volvo Cars’ latest driver support systems and other safety technology.

“The V60 really is the central point of the Volvo brand,” said Robin Page, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars. “It’s refined, has a beautiful proportion and stance, yet delivers on practicality and versatility.”

In a first for the segment, customers can access the new V60 via Volvo Cars’ new premium subscription service Care by Volvo*, which offers car access via a monthly flat-fee subscription rather than ownership. Care by Volvo makes having a car as transparent, easy and hassle free as having a mobile phone.

Volvo V60

Reflecting Volvo Cars’ industry-first announcement to electrify all new cars from 2019, the V60 comes with two plug-in hybrid powertrain options: the new T6 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that generates a combined 340hp or the T8 Twin Engine AWD petrol plug-in hybrid that delivers 390hp.

The regular petrol choice offers T5 or T6 powertrains. Drivers who prefer diesel can select D3 or D4 engines.

The new V60 reinforces Volvo Cars’ standing as the industry leader in safety, with a comprehensive list of safety features that come as standard, including advanced driver support systems known from the 90 Series and XC60, making the new V60 one of the safest cars on the road.

The City Safety with Autobrake technology uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first, City Safety now also engages autobraking to mitigate oncoming collisions.

Volvo V60

The Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130km/h – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The V60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further improves safety for people inside and outside the car.

Volvo Cars’ Sensus infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The system is control via an intuitive tablet-style touch screen that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and entertainment apps.



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You are half way there Volvo. Just a bit further…

Yep, double the battery and you will get to where the
Volt was IN 2011!


A bigger battery is only great if you’re going to frequently use it, especially in PHEVs. For any car with a battery, there is an ideal electric range at which more is not merrier. For PHEVs, that point is reached a lot sooner than for EVs. On 95% of the days, I drive fewer than 30 miles. So I take issue with people who laugh at the range of this Volvo.

There are many options in the market now. If it’s too little for YOU, just don’t buy it! What an idea, eh?! But there will be others for whom this vehicle makes sense.

It isn’t just about short range, for $45,000. It’s about power, too. I didn’t see the KW rating of the electric motor? A battery this size can mean barely enough to merge onto a highway.

Many BEV or PHEV owners will tell you it’s a drag to have an engine come on, when you go five miles, and reach for a 150 horsepower. Even worse, if your back-up propulsion can do ~250HP. That makes no sense, if you end up preferring the electric drive mode in most circumstances.

Only 65kW electric motor… So I suppose the ICE will kick in all the time..

They will sell a lot of these vehicles if they can build them quickly enough.

Wow. 340 and 390 horsepower.
Completely cancelling out the economy of the electric motor.
Seems to be the plan.

Nice! With the Prius V discontinued in the US and them never looking like they were going to make a Prime version this could work well for those that don’t want a SUV or a Mini-van yet need ample cargo capacity!

Factoring out the VAT and the usual USA discount and it looks like it’ll be pretty cost competitive.

Hahahahahaha! 28 miles of range. Well done!

So basically it has the electric range of a 1st Gen Volt at 3/4 charge- break out the champagne!!

1. What’s the ideal electric range on a PHEV for you? 2. Why? 3. Could there be others for whom this is sufficient?

1) The ideal range for me is my current vehicle’s (2012 Chevy Volt) because that was all the available PHEV range- SIX YEARS AGO. The fact that many PHEV manufacturers act like its difficult or we should be stoked on electric range that isn’t even equal to 6-7 years ago is laughable. Yeah, I guess I’m guilty of expecting more at this point.

2) As I already said, technology is supposed to PROGRESS, not stagnate or egad- go BACKWARDS??

3) Yes, there can be folks who are content with barely traveling in electric mode. Why? I’m not really sure, considering a Volt 2.0 goes as far as 60+ miles electric range now. But if spending more for only going 28 miles in electric only mode winds your clock, be my guest..

You mean, you don’t want to pay more for less?

Don’t forget to take cold weather losses out of your ideal range (requiring maybe 25% more, for a PHEV).

I drive 40 mi, need 50. If I drove 20, in California, then maybe the Volvo. I’m sure it kicks stop/start in the ass, if that’s what you’re into.


As an Outlander PHEV owner this is very true – heating uses 1/3 of the capacity in winter.
Plus the heater uses 6kW max while the charger is 3,3kW max – preheat for 30min and you have also lost measurable range already.

“Plus the heater uses 6kW max….preheat for 30min and you have also lost measurable range already.”

Wow – If you are using 3kW-hrs just to preheat, you must live in a VERY cold climate. BTW, I agree that folks in colder climates need to factor in heating losses and battery efficiency losses. The more AER, the better – especially in the frozen tundra.

Well, when we go on winterholiday and drive from Holland to Austria, first I want to take a lot of stuff with me. Then I want to drive in Germany above 220km/h just because you can ;-), and not wait for decades every hour for electric bacause my superb Volt is empty. That’s why I want this Volvo T8! It’s the best of both worlds, good for the city, nice to have some power on the motorway.

For me the car needs an electric heater or heat pump with a winter range of 28 miles (battery power only), a summer range of 40 miles (battery power only), and the traction battery needs to liquid cooled.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

and the Volt had 5 or more seats with the same cargo?

What a dumb comparison.

Not really, considering those of us that are patient enough to deal with the limited options in order to drive electric are pretty good at being creative. I travel with a family of 4 in our Volt, and my kids are teenagers. We make it work. Went from a Jeep Cherokee to a small Volt. And save buckets of cash.

Your Volt has a great drivetrain. I had one for 3 years and 3 months and I think it drove exactly the same the last day I drove compared to the first – Zero range loss and no rattles or sqeaks.

Please keep in mind just because the Volt makes more sense for you does not mean it does for for everyone else. Also a lot of households have 2 or more cars not every vehicle has a long commute, and some people have the ability to charge day and night between trips. I like the looks of the cargo space in this Volvo, which would work well for the boxes we haul for a side business. It also would work well for families with large dogs. While I probably would not seriously consider due to the premium brand/price I am glad that Volvo buyers have it as an option.

That price will not be for a PHEV version but for ICE.

For those pooh-poohing the range vs. the Volt — sure. But then again the Volt hasn’t got AWD and this does. There are plenty car buyers for whom AWD is table stakes. (I’m not interesting in debating whether those buyers are right or wrong — it’s a fact whether they are or aren’t.)

Sure, but there’s a 70D with Autopilot for $52k on Autotrader as I type this. And 235 mile electric range. In another 12 months (which is likely before this higher priced lower range vehicle is released), Tesla D models with Autopilot will probably be in the high $40’s.

Which would you rather drive?

Oh, I’d rather drive a D (and in fact, I do). But I assume people considering PHEVs are convinced for whatever reason that they can’t live without a gas tank, or they wouldn’t even be looking at them. To each their own, I suppose.

I feel like they missed a trick here by not making the T6 a super efficient version with an Atkinson or a Budack cycle engine. But then super efficient wouldbe hard, since through-the-road hybrids will never be as good as the real thing… As it is I can’t imagine the difference in consumption will be all that big with both cars using the same engine, and clearly they’ll cost the same to produce, so I don’t really see the point.

But in any case it’s still probably the best looking car on the road today, so I’d still take one, if anyone’s feeling generous 😉

I would prefer 40-50 miles EV range in a PHEV. With that range, my normal commute would be solar-powered electric, and then I could switch to hybrid mode for longer trips.

I absolutely love wagons and think this Volvo is beautiful. This is exactly my cup of tea.
I’d be a customer at double the electric range. As is, I won’t even consider it.

Volvo, look me up when in six or eight years when you finally catch up to 2018.

I really like the Volvo but I can not understand why the out the charger port in the driver’s from side. That’s the worst spot in right hand side driving countries as the cable will stick out into traffic when parking parallel. A real hazard to bicyclists.

It’s closest for the driver when they charge in their garage, like many Volvo owners have.

And the blind cyclist you are referring to should not be in traffic and he will hit the rear view mirror before he can even get to the cord.
So of course absolutely no hazard to bicyclists.

But if they put it on the passenger side, UK bicyclists will complain?? So, you are saying it needs to go to the front facia, right?

I actually never thought about it that way. It’s a good point, I guess.

“blah blah … not electric … blah blah”

Instead of two ICE options, how about two battery options? A choice of 10 or 20 kWh would satisfy most PHEV shoppers!

Seems Volvo is getting serious and pushing towards plugins. 28 mile is decent range.
If they offer a plugin variant in V90 wagon with a 7 seater functionality like in Model-S, then it will be very nice. Volvo also sells CC version of V60 & V90 wagons which are few inches taller and good for offroading. Ideally all these CC version and wagons which has AWD should be classified as crossovers.


I drive 2015 V60 T6 (V6 AWD) … so I expect the looks, finish quality and driving feel to be as great as the current car …. yet, somehow, while I am keen to replace mine for PHEV or BEV towing SUV, somehow the specs of this car leave me cold … not the max. horsepower, of which I currently have plenty, but rather the EV range …. there’s no way I spend that much money in exchange for 28 miles of range (in perfect weather). This just will not work …. plain and simple.

I have to say though, we love the current V60. It’s a great car, it would be even better car with larger battery …. you hear me Volvo?

Inside EV still heavily populated by BEV elitist it seems. Can we not celebrate that more cars with plugs at a more affordable price range & hugely practical design are coming down the pipe?

I personally think the V60 T6 Twin Engine would be quite popular if priced properly. With govt. incentives still in play for Volvo, this could be a popular choice. Yes the EV range can be longer, but 28mi is enough for daily commuting.

I’m disappointed in Volvo and I feel like they played a publicity trick with their much-publicised announcement of electrification plans. XC90, S90, V90, XC60, V60, XC40 have all been presented since then and all we got is ridiculous 400-hp compliance PHEV versions of the larger cars.

I think max EV range of even 20 miles is useful but after the battery runs out the efficiency of these cars is appalling – 26mpg on XC60 T8 – worse than many competing conventional ICE crossovers and just 2mpg better than it’s own ICE-only version.

No concrete details on PHEV or EV versions of the XC40 – in fact they just presented a brand new 3-cylinder ICE for it. None of the ICE versions of Volvos are even 48V mild hybrids, which by now should be standard for any new luxury brand car. They should really do better.

I would buy this car if it had a slightly smaller battery, say around 8kWh, as that would easily cover my daily commute. The 10.4kWh battery adds unnecessary weight and reduces efficiency. If Volvo would introduce a smaller battery option like Toyota Prius, then this could be a winner.