This year the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV is slated to hit the road with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time. This hybrid version has received so much interest that Volvo is now reportedly working on hybrid versions of its entire lineup—with the next model set to debut later this month at the Shanghai Motor Show.
“We were planning on a three-to-five percent take rate of [the XC90 T8 hybrid],” Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor told Auto Express. “But our current rate on sold orders is over 20 percent. We underestimated it.” Thanks to the higher-than-expected demand for the the hybrid version of the XC90, Volvo is now making it a priority to introduce electrified versions of the rest of its model lineup.
The next plug-in hybrid on deck is the S60L Twin Engine to be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show. The S60L Twin Engine is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with an electric motor on the rear axle. The powertrain puts out a total 306 horsepower and 405 lb-ft. of torque, while the electric motor can power the sedan on its own up to 32 miles.
“We have a very strong portfolio of plug-in hybrid products right now. In fact we have the broadest offer of all car manufacturers. But we are not stopping there. We will introduce two new Twin Engine variants every year in the coming years,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
Via Auto Express
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