Volvo Unveils V60 D5 Twin Engine Diesel PHEV
MAR 3 2015 BY MARK KANE
Volvo brought to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show its V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition, a limited edition version of the well-known V60 D6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.
The Swedish carmaker boasts that the V60 D6 Twin Engine is “the # 1 selling plug-in hybrid in the European premium segment“. In 2014 Volvo sold over 5,000 in Europe, but that’s four times less than Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which isn’t in the “premium segment.”
Later this spring, the V60 PHEV will be more widely available according to the press release, while at the same time 500 units of this special edition will be produced.
What’s special in the Special Edition? It seems only equipment as the drivetrain is the same.
“The Special Edition is delivered with Crystal White exterior paint, 19-inch wheels and glossy black exterior detailing. Inside, the car is equipped with a black headliner and piano black trim. The V60 D5 Special Edition will also feature the unique Blond sport seat upholstery with decorative white stitching as seen in our Volvo Ocean Race editions.”
The car has 170 kW / 230 hp total (170 kW from the engine and 50 kW from the electric motor). 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack in all-electric range is rated for 50 km (31 miles) in NEDC. Charging takes 3.5 hours.
In hybrid mode, fuel economy is (1.8 l/100km). In Power mode, over 600 Nm enables V60 PHEV to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9 seconds.
Dr. Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering at Volvo Car Group stated:
“We were the first car maker to develop and produce a diesel-based plug-in hybrid powertrain with the launch of the V60 D6 in 2012. Since then we have been working on further refining our innovative approach to electrification and hybrid powertrains, as can be seen in our brand new XC90 T8 Twin Engine which is just entering full-scale production. With the launch of the V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition we are broadening our Twin Engine product range.”
“We decided to offer a special edition of the V60 D5 Twin Engine to celebrate the growing success and continued roll-out of our Twin Engine product range. We are one of few car makers that deliver a true no compromise driving experience – combining the benefits of pure electric drive, high performance and great fuel economy.”