2015 Volvo XC90 Lineup Includes T8 Plug-In Hybrid

The all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 will offer five different powertrain choices when it is fully revealed this fall. At the top of the range is a T8 model with a plug-in hybrid "Twin Engine" system that produces 400 hp for the seven-passenger SUV, yet is claimed to have ultra-low emissions.

All four powertrain options in the 2015 Volvo XC90 use four-cylinder engines, in keeping with Volvo's new strategy of downsizing from its previously available eight-, six-, and five-cylinder mills. The new XC90 is built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that will underpin most future Volvo cars. That platform is designed from the outset to accommodate electrification -- including hybrids or plug-in hybrids -- meaning the addition of batteries and an electric motor for the XC90's T8 model will not reduce cargo or passenger space.

The T8's powertrain uses a 2.0-liter Drive-E gasoline engine, which is turbo- and supercharged, to drive the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A battery pack in the center of the car holds enough charge for the rear-mounted 80-hp electric motor to drive the XC90 on electricity alone for up to 25 miles. In hybrid mode, the combination of the gas engine and the motor provides all-wheel drive, and a total output of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque.

"In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the all-new XC90 you can have both," Volvo senior vice president of research and development Peter Mertens said in a statement.

Volvo says the Twin Engine drivetrain will emit just 97 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per mile. According to the EPA, a Toyota Prius produces 179 g/mile.

The 2015 Volvo XC90 will also offer four more traditional engine choices. The T5 model's 2.0-liter inline-four is turbocharged and will produce 254 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque, while the T6's four-cylinder is turbo- and supercharged and will offer 320 hp and 295 lb-ft. Finally, a new D5 turbodiesel model will offer 225 hp, 347 lb-ft, and a claimed 39 mpg; and a D4 turbodiesel model will be rated for 190 hp, 295 lb-ft, and 47 mpg.

Although we have only seen its exterior in spy photos, the inside of the 2015 Volvo XC90 will feature higher-quality materials, a new dashboard layout, and a giant touchscreen infotainment system that manages nearly all the car's features. The XC90 will likely retain its general shape, but with a longer nose and a more rounded rear, based on spy photos. The car will be publicly revealed this fall, before going on sale worldwide in early 2015.

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