Volvo Announces New Hybrid Powertrain Range

Volvo now produces a plug-in version of all its model range with the upgrade of its hybrid offerings.

The Swedish carmaker has upgraded its existing Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain and has announced it will introduce a range of mild hybrids in the coming months, starting with diesel and gasoline versions on the XC90 and XC60 SUV models. These mild hybrids will feature a kinetic energy-recovery braking system coupled to its existing internal combustion engines marketed under its new ‘B’ badge. This powertrain, electrified through brake-by-wire energy recovery, claims to offer up to 15% fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving.

At the same time, Volvo aims to have up to 25% of its total production consisting of Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars and also have new and upgraded powertrains introduced on its larger scalable product architecture (SPA)-based cars. The upgraded T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electric zero emission travel range has increased by around 15% and this powertrain is available on all 90 and 60 series cars.

The XC90 will be available with a B5-badged mild-hybrid petrol or diesel variant, as well as a B6-badged petrol mild hybrid. On the XC60, customers will be able to choose between a B5 mild-hybrid gasoline or diesel variant, a B4 diesel mild hybrid as well as a B6 petrol mild hybrid. The B5 gasoline will be available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The smaller compact modular architecture (CMA)-based XC40 SUV will also receive an electrified option in the shape of a T5 Twin Engine gasoline plug-in hybrid. A second, T4 Twin Engine, plug-in hybrid option will follow later.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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