Despite the ascendance of the SUV, the station wagon (or “estate car,” to our British friends) is alive and well, at least in Europe. Now Volvo has unveiled a plug-in version of its V90 wagon.
“We have a very strong position in the estate [station wagon] segment,” said Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars. “In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive estate brand.”
Built on Volvo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture, the V90, like the XC90 and the S90, will now offer the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, which features a 34 kW Crank-Integrated Starter Generator, a 65 kW rear axle electric motor and a 9.2 kWh battery pack.
Electric range is estimated at 25 miles, and efficiency at 135 mpge.
The new V90 includes a range of autonomy and connectivity features, including Pilot Assist drive technology and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay.
“The T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid will deliver around 410 hp and a pure electric range of around 50 km,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior VP of Research & Development.
No details were offered as to when and where the new V90 will go on sale.