Despite having no hybrid models for sale in the U.S., Volvo is serious about cutting a slice of the gas-electric sales pie. Showing just how serious the automaker is, it has taken the wraps off of the XC60 Plug-In Hybrid Concept at the Detroit auto show this week. Volvo says that it's working on a gas-electric hybrid for the U.S. market, but that it is too early to say what model it will be. Chances are that it will mostly likely be the S60, XC60, or V60.
Volvo already had all of the puzzle pieces to create the XC60 Plug-In Hybrid, as it will start selling the same powertrain in the V60 Plug-In Hybrid in Europe later this year. What that consists of is a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 good for 280 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic, a 45-hp, 111-lb-ft electric motor/generator to power the front wheels, and a 70-hp, 148-lb-ft electric motor to turn the rear axle. Total power output comes to 350 hp, and electricity is stored in a 12 kWh battery under the cargo floor.
The plug-in hybrid XC60 is expected to achieve 50 mpg in hybrid mode and a travel range of 600 miles; on electric power alone, it will be able to make it 35 miles. To get to a full charge, Volvo estimates that it will take just 3.5 hours on a 220-volt charger, or 7.5 hours with a standard 110-volt outlet.
Like the V60 PHEV the XC60 concept shares its mechanicals with, there are there different power-delivery modes: electric-only pure mode, normal hybrid mode, and power mode. Power mode combines both the gas engine and electric motor for maximum performance; Volvo says that in power mode, the XC60 PHEV can run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, hit a top speed of 130 mph, and tow up to 3300 lbs.
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