Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

At the 2014 LA Auto Show, Volvo unveiled for the very first time in the US a 7-seat AWD premium SUV - XC90 Plug-In Hybrid, which is scheduled for sales nationwide starting in the first half of 2015. Price still remains unknown.

With roughly up to 40 km (25 miles) of all-electric range, 400 hp and 640 Nm of torque this SUV could be an interesting proposition (0 to 60 MPH times below 6 seconds). From almost 300 kW of power in total, 60 kW comes from the rear electric motor.

By presenting XC90, Volvo announced that it will stay in the US (despite a 10-year trend of falling sales).  Additionally, Volvo says it'll expand from current 60,000 to 100,000 annual sales in the mid-term.

Currently there are no plug-in SUVs on the market, so with Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid, Tesla Model X, and maybe finally Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, this segment will soon start to take off.