Volvo’s new XC90 SUV, to be launched later this year, claims to be the world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV. The all-wheel-drive seven-seater will offer a range of powertrain options, of which the top of the line will be the “Twin Engine” PHEV.
A two-liter, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E gasoline engine powers the front wheels, and an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor drives the rear. Combined output is 400 hp, with 640 N·m (472 lb-ft) of torque. The driver can choose hybrid mode or pure electric mode, which offers a range of around 25 miles.
The new XC90 is the first model to use the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) chassis technology, which is designed to allow a lot of flexibility to offer different engine options without sacrificing interior space. “Since our new SPA technology is designed from the start to accommodate electrification technologies, the Twin Engine installation does not compromise luggage or passenger space,” said Senior VP Peter Mertens.