Volvo claims that new XC90 will be "the world's cleanest and most powerful SUV"
By Scott Collie
July 10, 2014
We've seen the interior of the new Volvo XC90, and we have an idea of its shape, but until now there has been no word on what would be under the hood. Volvo has now released details of the engines that will power its new SUV.
There's no doubt, there are some exciting engines in the lineup. The range will be topped by Volvo's new hybrid T8 drivetrain, made up of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Drive-E engine coupled with an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor. The petrol motor is supercharged to provide strong low-rev performance, as well as being turbocharged to provide a little bit of extra top-end shove, and in hybrid mode the electric motor provides instant torque off the line. The petrol engine powers the front wheels, while the electric motor drives the rear.
Combined, the T8 system provides about 400 hp (298 kW) and 640 Nm (472 lb.ft) of torque. But the hybrid system will do more than just provide extra power. When the battery is fully charged, the XC90 can be driven up to 40 km (25 miles) on pure electric power, which for many people will allow them to cruise around town with zero emissions.
This combination of electric and petrol power means the XC90 returns an incredible 60 g/km of CO2 on the New European Drive Cycle.
As well as the hybrid T8 powertrain, the XC90 also can be optioned with a more conventional set of diesel and petrol engines. The D4 turbo diesel engine will make about 190 hp (142 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb.ft), all the while returning economy figures of 5 liters per 100 km (47 mpg). The D5 bumps power up to 225 hp (167 kW) and 470 Nm (347 lb.ft), and Volvo claims its 6 liters per 100 km economy figure is "best in class."
There are also two petrol engines available: a supercharged and turbocharged T6 with 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm and the T5, which puts out 254 hp (189 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb.ft) of torque.
Volvo is expected to release the XC90 in August. From its screen-focused interior to the interesting T8 hybrid, the new car should be a strong challenger to the established luxury SUV crowd.