VIDEO: Volvo unboxes its new V60 diesel PHEV

Volvo has released a triad of videos to tout the launch of the plug-in version of its V60 wagon.

 

Volvo has released a triad of videos to tout the launch of the plug-in version of its V60 wagon. The first is a cutesy (some would say pointless) sequence that imagines a new car coming in a box and a styrofoam carrier like a consumer electronic item. In the second, a team of lab coat-wearing, clipboard-clutching Swedish stereotypes disassemble the body to reveal the powertrain.

 

 

Now things get interesting. The new wagon sports a five-cylinder, 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine in front and a 70-hp electric motor and 12-kWh lithium-ion battery in the rear. The driver can choose from three modes: Pure, which offers an electric range of 32 miles; Hybrid, which minimizes emissions; and Power, in which both motors work together to crank out 280 horsepower.

 

 

In the third video, we are treated to some shots of the V60 cruising back and forth on a test track, as the voiceover lists some wonderful European road trips we could take, thanks to the wagon’s 1000-kilometer range in Hybrid mode. “You could drive from Paris to Prague…from Barcelona to Zurich…or London to Geneva.”

 

 

Sounds like a lot of fun, but how about Tampa to Atlanta? So far, Volvo has announced no plans to sell the V60 hybrid in the US.

 

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