Volvo XC60 Production Line Opens — T8 Plug-In Hybrid Version Tops The Lineup

Autonomous Vehicles

Published on Apr 28th, 2017
by Zachary Shahan


April 28th, 2017 by  

Volvo isn’t accurately during a front of a EV pack, yet it’s removing rolling and seems to be picking adult electrons flattering quickly. A certain pointer from a association is that it’s electrifying one of a many renouned vehicles, a Volvo XC60, and a prolongation line for a new XC60 only non-stop in Sweden.

The initial new XC60 rolls off a prolongation line in Torslanda, Sweden

The XC60 is a small or midsized SUV/CUV (depending on how we systematise things). This is radically a many renouned category of automobile opposite a universe now. Being a Volvo, a XC60 tucks itself into a reward category for that distance vehicle, yet it’s still sincerely permitted to center category buyers.

As Loren McDonald recently wrote, the SUV/CUV category is a pivotal to a subsequent call of EV adoption. So, it’s a good pointer that the XC60 is one of a initial vehicles Volvo is electrifying. The strange XC60, that was constructed for 9 years, became the best-selling reward midsized SUV in Europe, Volvo notes.

The new Volvo XC60 T8 R-Design in Crystal White.

The tip trim in this new indication lineup is a plug-in hybrid choice — a XC60 T8 Twin Engine. It has 407 hp and 0–100 km/h acceleration in 5.3 seconds. That said, there seems to be no cost for a XC60 T8 online yet, so we’ll have to get behind to we on that critical detail.

Note that Volvo has had a incomparable plug-in hybrid SUV on a marketplace  for a small while now — a XC90 T8. This high-end, large, quick, reward SUV doesn’t see many sales in a US, but it is a 8th best-selling plug-in automobile in Europe so distant this year. One of our top EV reporters, Kyle Field, reviewed a XC90 T8 recently, if we wish to have a closer demeanour during that model. The outline is that a XC90 looks like a pleasing and overwhelming choice … if we for some reason feel a need to get a plug-in hybrid instead of a entirely electric Tesla Model X (or if you’re simply a clinging Volvo fan).

Kyle and we both heavily cite a Model X (read his Model X examination here and mine here), yet we consider we can see because some consumers would select a XC90 T8. Similarly, there contingency be some commission of buyers who would cite an XC60 T8 over the contingent Tesla Model Y. I’m positively unequivocally extraordinary to see how a XC60 T8 ends adult selling, and if Volvo unequivocally pushes it or is treating it as a correspondence car. There’s means for confidence here, though.

Viktor Irle of EV Volumes did tell CleanTechnica recently, “Volvo has a top sales share of plug-in variety among European brands.” In other words, relations to a company’s sum automobile sales, Volvo’s plug-in variety perform improved than any other European code (in Europe). Here are US and European EV sales charts we’ve combined for a early months of 2017:

Here are some some-more technical sum on a entrance XC60, including notes regarding programmed pushing facilities and Volvo’s famed safety:

“The new XC60, one of a safest cars ever made, is fully-loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been combined to a ground-breaking City Safety system. A new reserve complement called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses drive support to assistance lessen head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to revoke a risk of lane-changing collisions.

“Pilot Assist, Volvo’s modernized semi-autonomous motorist assistance system, that takes caring of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads adult to 130 km/h, is accessible in a new XC60 as an option.”

Volvo shows adult flattering high on rankings of programmed pushing features, entrance in during #7 overall.

Volvo is late to a celebration to deliver a entirely electric car. Its initial one is designed as a 2019 indication year car that is ostensible to have a cost of $35,000–40,000. That should be an sparkling indication to cover and review. In a meantimes, we’ll see how many it electrifies a marketplace around plug-in variety like a XC60 T8 and XC90 T8.

→ Related: 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid Test Drive Review

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