Volvo Concept XC Gets Revealed – Plug-In Version to be Sold Globally in Late 2014
Starting in late 2014, Volvo will offer its XC90 SUV with a plug-in hybrid option. The PHEV version will be offered as soon as the next-gen XC90 launches, says Volvo Cars product planning boss Lex Kerssemakers:
“At the moment we launch the XC90, we will also launch the petrol plug-in version. We have the four-cylinder turbo strategy – where we say, you know, we go full for four cylinders. We have a 300-plus horsepower (220kW) engine – at least 300 and the final “plus” we are still defining, as a basic engine. And then we get the electrification. So you end up with a 600Nm-plus car.”
“It’s the right combination between power and fuel efficiency, that’s what we believe.”
“It should be class-leading. We have very efficient powertrains, combined with electricificaiton, that’s always good. It’s always better than V6s or V8s. We want to have the power of the V6 and V8, however in a very modest way.”
The XC90 PHEV that Volvo is discussing is actually the production version of the Concept XC seen here. The Concept XC itself represents the next-gen Volvo XC.
It’s believed that the Concept XC will make its worldwide debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next week.
These images are the first to surface of the Concept XC and are sourced to an online leak.
The XC90 PHEV will launch globally in late 2014.
Base pricing for the current-generation gas-only XC90 currently starts at $39,700 in the US. A fully loaded XC90 costs in excess of $53,000.