Report: Volvo Considering XC90 Polestar, Possibly Hybrid
Polestar plans include a 350-hp engine plus electrification.
Polestar was fully incorporated as Volvo's performance division in July, and it seems to be wasting no time kicking around ideas for more super-hot Swedish metal. A new report says that among its plans under consideration is a track-ready variant of the new Volvo XC90, which could include some kind of hybrid powertrain (and, obviously, the brand's signature powder-blue paint).
Volvo's 315-hp turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter Drive-E engine will serve as the foundation for the new Polestar powerplant, the division's chief operating officer Niels Mӧller told Autocar. Mӧller confirms that the new setup will yield as much if not more power than the turbo inline-six currently used in the S60 and V60 Polestar, meaning the new four-cylinder can be expected to pack at least 350 hp.
Polestar hasn't said whether a high-performance Volvo XC90 is definitely happening, but if it did it's a good bet to assume it will employ some kind of hybrid-electric power. According to Mӧller, full access to Volvo's technologies has opened a lot of doors, and "there will be performance hybrids, which use electrification to enhance performance, rather than worrying about range."
Currently, the plug-in hybrid Volvo XC90 T8 makes 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. There's no telling what Polestar will be able to do with that as its basis for a performance model, but we're eager to find out. Stay tuned for more from Volvo and Polestar as we get it.