Volvo Prices XC90 T8 Twin Engine In US From $68,100 – Deliveries This Fall

APR 17 2015 BY JAY COLE 23

Volvo XC 90 T8 Interior- Image Credit: InsideEVs/Mike Anthony) From 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Volvo XC 90 T8 Interior –  From 2015 Chicago Auto Show (Image:InsideEVs/Mike Anthony)

Volvo announced its XC90 T8 Twin Engine extended range SUV will be priced from $68,100 when in comes later this summer to the US.

Billed as “the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle”, the T8 can achieve a combined 394 horsepower, making 60 mph come up from a standstill in just 5.7 seconds.

Additionally, we finally also received word on the plug-in’s real world electric range, as it will achieve an estimated 17 mile EPA rating in the US.  (In Europe on the NEDC scale it had been rated over 25 miles/40 km).

The XC90 T8 is equipped with a 9.2 kWh battery pack, which means that US buyers who qualify for the federal incentive (or opt to lease the vehicle) are eligible for a tax credit of $4,600, bringing the net price down to $63,500 – a number we think represent a decent value, and should translate into some decent 3-figure monthly sales in America.

Besides the base XC90 T8, two other trim levels will be offered according to the company:

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine - Optional R-Design

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine – Optional R-Design

– The XC90 T8 Inscription provides an even higher level of luxury and elegance. Linear wood inlays, luxurious Nappa leather seats, dashboard and door panels provide the ultimate Scandinavian sanctuary for drivers and passengers. Rear exterior chrome accents and mirror covers accompany a unique, silver matte front grill. The MSRP of the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid Inscription is $71,600, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge.

– The XC90 T8 R-Design highlights the car’s sporty performance with external features including a piano black front grille, R-Design lower front spoiler, dual integrated tail pipes and matte silver mirror covers and window trim. A performance-focused interior design awaits drivers with Nubuck and Nappa leather contour seats, steering wheel gear shift paddles, a perforated leather gear shift and steering wheel. The MSRP of the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid R-Design is $70,000, not including any tax credit incentives or $995 destination charge.

Volvo says that the XC90 T8 is will arrive in North America this fall, but to expect test drives of the XC90 T6 to be available at Volvo retailers shortly (this summer).

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine At 2015 Chicago Auto Show (Image Credit: InsideEVs/Mike Anthony))

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine At 2015 Chicago Auto Show: InsideEVs/Mike Anthony))

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Getting A Boost In Geneva Earlier This Year

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Getting A Boost In Geneva Earlier This Year

The company also outlined the three drive modes of the plug-in for Americans:

  • Hybrid: As the default mode, it is suitable for everyday use and the XC90 will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the optimum overall fuel economy.
  • Pure electric: This mode is used primarily in a city environment although it can power the car up to highway speeds. When the high-voltage battery is fully charged, it serves as the car’s sole energy source, powering the electric motor over the rear axle. Preliminary testing based on EPA criteria produced an estimated range of 17 miles using just electricity, which represents a high percentage of drivers’ typical daily usage.
  • Power mode: This utilizes the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor. On start-up, the XC90 T8 takes advantage of the electric motor’s superior response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, which is equivalent to that of a large displacement engine.


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23 Comments on "Volvo Prices XC90 T8 Twin Engine In US From $68,100 – Deliveries This Fall"

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How come a Chinese company like this one is selling a product that is many folds more expensive than a BYD similar or even better? This only promotes companies in China.

It’s developed, made and sold by a Swedish company.

It’s not chinese, it has chinese owners.

It is as Chinese as Chrysler is Italian…

but Chrysler *is* Italian. And I don’t even see the name hanging on much longer.

Magnavox, and RCA are still on the boxes of TV sets, but those names are just to get people to part with their cash. It tells you nothing about the set’s design, reliability, nor country of manufacture, if that was so difficult to guess.

The brand names don’t mean much these days.

More like Italian-American, with a Michigan accent.


That’s another zero in front of the 9 like the Mercedes GLE and the BMW X5 PHEV.

Up to now the Q7 PHEV is the least bad with 17 KWh.

How does it come that Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Volvo, Mitsubishi don’t see that an EREV with 100 miles and a rex would be both more interesting for their customers, by being mainly ev instead of mainly fuel, and that those cars would also be cheaper to produce since a 100 miles battery is now crap cheap and that there is no need for clutch, gears, transmission and the likes. Just a free piston generator as a rex that fits into a shoebox.

Will be interesting to see how sales compare to a Model S. Based of the Leaf sales vs Volt, I’m thinking those looking for an plug-in component will seek out the X first and only buy the Volvo if the X is too much $ or not comfortable with the range of the X.

Tesla’s X and S will mop the floor with the Volvo.

ICE XC90 starts at $48k. So they are asking for a $20k price increase to get a plug for just 17 EV miles. This will be a hard sell. Especially with gas below $2.50/gal.

By comparison, that is double the plug premium of the Fusion SE at $23 vs Fusion Energi SE at $33k. And that price variance has continued to close year after year.

If you are looking at the lower end price of a 12 year old model then you will most likely not be a candidate for the top of the line version of the new XC90 model.

It’s like saying why would anyone buy a $35k Chevy Volt when you can get a Chevy Cruze for $16k.

I agree. With a high end vehicle like this I would expect to get at least 35 miles of EV range, enough for the average person to make their daily commute.

Really disappointing on the electric range, especially considering how expensive this thing is and how we all know the “real world” range will be more like 10 miles. It’s clear all these European car makers are just shoving in the bare minimum to meet emissions requirements and aren’t really serious about electrification.

Agreed, it feels like a compliance car.

– No battery ‘re-charge’ mode while driving on ICE?
– what size charger is onboard 3.6, 7.2kW?
– any chance it will be CA HOV eligible?
– $68K plus options = $78K ?
– $9K less than the Cayenne SEH (10.8kW battery) which can charge the battery fully but is not a 7 passenger

Been waiting for this car but it looks like another FAIL in the SUV plug-in segment. Three years later still waiting for an SUV with the same set up as my Volt.

Yeah. I finally marked it off my list a couple weeks ago…and then the 70D was announced the next day. 🙂 Two totally different cars but both actually meet my plug-in AWD needs.

Ouch. At $80K, why not just get a Model X instead?

The traditional luxury car makers are trying to fight back against Tesla with PHEVs and that will work to some degree . . . but if I were in that market, I’d just go for the pure electric.

Those stupid Falcons doors on the Model X are keeping me from getting one. I need the capability to put on a roof box to carry gear. And I’m not even sure those doors will open in my normal height garage.

I wish I could order an X without those doors….

The falcon door will open in a standard garage no problem. Tesla makes an occasional odd design choice, but they are not stupid…


Sorry, I need more detail than a photoshopped picture of an X in a fake garage.

The Model S is already 77-86″ wide and 196″ long. How big will the X be? A Cayenne is 5″ shorter and 79′ wide.

I really want to like the X but those doors have to go IMO. I feel they kept them because they make the car unique and without them it would not have a whiz bang effect.

They will have sensors to stop like the Model S truck. As well as you can mark the “hold” position. Stow-A-Way2 for your gear. I’ve owned one for years.

I have the box but you can order just the frame.

That will work for gear, but what about ski’s or a kayak?