Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV – Live Images From 2015 Chicago Auto Show

FEB 26 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

The all-new Volvo XC90 SUV is hot, with Volvo reporting strong demand for the conventional versions of this luxury SUV:

Strong early demand for all-new Volvo XC90

The all-new Volvo XC90 is proving to be a hit with customers even before it has appeared in showrooms, with over 16,000 orders for the brand new seven-seat SUV already received.

“These strong order numbers are very encouraging and it shows that customers obviously like what they see in the new XC90,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “The new XC90 represents the new Volvo Cars and it is the first in a series of new cars to come, as we renew our entire product portfolio in the coming years.”

The new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology and Drive-E powertrain family.

The end result is a visually striking, luxury seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

Series production of the new XC90 at the Torslanda plant in Sweden started in the last week of January, and deliveries to customers will commence this spring.

Our hope is that once the T8 plug-in version of the XC90 launches, demand will soar even higher.

Volvo claims that the XC90 T8 PHEV is the “world’s most powerful and cleanest 7-seat SUV.”  Powerful it is, with the electric motors and internal combustion engine pumping out a total of 400 hp and 640 Nm of torque.  0 to 62 MPH is listed at 5.9 seconds.

Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group stated:

“The XC90 T8 is a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one. The Drive-E engines already offer highly competitive performance versus the competition. The T8 takes it further into a leading position.”

Clean?  Yes, it’s clean for an SUV.  The XC90 has a 9.2 kWh battery pack that provides up to 40 km (25 miles) in the pure electric mode under NEDC conditions – think 17-20 miles on the EPA standard when it arrives in the US later this year.

But it’s expensive.  In the UK, prices start under £60,000, while in Germany pricing is from €76,705 (including tax, without any incentives). This translates to some $94,000, but the actual U.S. price will probably be in the ballpark range of $70,000-$75,000.  Meanwhile, the Volvo T8 PHEV has been priced at $73,400 (base R-Design) and $75,000 for the Inscription model in Canada. We expect to receive official U.S. pricing soon.

Check out these live images of the Volvo XC90 T8 from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 - Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

Volvo XC 90 T8 – Image Credit: Mike Anthony / InsideEVs

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11 Comments on "Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV – Live Images From 2015 Chicago Auto Show"

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If you’re into tall, boxy station wagons, that’s sure a good one, alright. Funny thing – go online and look up the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, and equip it with a diesel, and you’ve got the same utility, in a lower, more aerodynamic and efficient package that fits inside your garage leaving room to spare.

17mpg for those 3 rows of seating? Boy – you really have to like this a lot to slap down $75,000 big ones! If only Tesla can nail those winged doors – it looks as if Model X will be a compelling argument against this big boy from China—er Sweden…er, both!

For $75,000 you get an iPad in the dash and fingerprint-y controls on the steering wheel and console. I do like the iPad on the dash – maybe Model III will look similar there (?).

Some detailed specs… THey show the ‘co2 emissions’ but nothing about the electric engine or ancillaries.

This vehicle is JPA…Just Plain Awesome. Love it.

Same here, although I do love Tesla, at this point in time and at this price point, I would be buying the XC90…

9kHz is diappointing to say the least. For $75-85k, it should have 16kHz minimum for a luxury PHEV. The full $7500 tax credit would actually make it cheaper than with the smaller pack size.

Volvo US website is accepting pre-orders of the ICE model starting at $48, fully loaded is $58. If they offer the PHEV model in high $58k range it will be a Huge hit and we would consider buying one. They will struggle to sell them at $70k.

9kWh is too small. 17 miles of AER is kind of pointless. With 40 miles, it could have been a home-run (or at least a triple).

I also think they should have put the radio controls on the screen and the HVAC controls on actual buttons/knobs. They went the opposite route. GM learned this w/the Volt.

The XC90 is supposed to have Apple’s Carplay. Seems like they would have shown that on the screen shots.

I was disappointed to seeing this at the CAS. I have been looking forward to seeing this vehicle in person for almost a year. When I got there, it was roped off because its a prototype. The charger was a European charger. I asked the representative about the plug and she told me it was one of the standard plugs being used in America. Then she had very little information about the vehicle specs.

40km NEDC range? For such an expensive car? Non-starter, EV-wise. I’m sure it’ll be low on emissions compared to ICE, but this is basically a non-plug-in hybrid, not a PHEV.

Price seems pretty high for a Volvo. Definitely like the car/looks but will probably be shopping against the Mercedes GLE plug-in and BMW X5 plug in – as they could run same/cheaper…