Volvo XC90 plug-in sells out in UK, soon to go on sale in US

Volvo XC90 Twin Engine

American Volvo fans have been feeling left out, watching the V60 diesel PHEV wagon shatter sales projections in Europe. However, their depression should lift soon, when the Swedish automaker introduces what it considers to be a more US-friendly model, the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid.

The corded crossover will go on sale in the US this summer, with an MSRP starting at $68,100 for the entry-level model.

Volvo XC90 Twin Engine

The XC90 T8 has a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E gas engine and a rear-axle electric motor. Total power is 394 hp, and fuel efficiency is rated at 59 MPGe. Range in “Pure electric mode” is estimated at 17 miles.

Volvo’s newest PHEV is already a runaway success in the UK – it’s scheduled to go on sale there later this year, and is already sold out, with a lengthy waiting list.

The all-new Volvo XC90

“We were planning on a three to five per cent take rate of this model,” Volvo UK’s Managing Director Nick Connor told Auto Express. “But our current rate on sold orders is over 20 per cent. We underestimated it.”

The XC90’s unexpected popularity may cause the company to broaden its PHEV lineup. “The intention is that [the plug-in powertrain] is kept at the upper end of each model, but if it was to be something that grows considerably, we could do it across every model,” said a spokesperson.

 

Source: Green Car Congress, AutoblogGreen

  • Dave_SRQ

    You get 17 miles of EV range after paying more than $68,000? You’d be better off getting a well equipped Tesla Model S 70D with 240 miles of electric range and free supercharging for $75K. Model S has more storage room, more horsepower, more EV range, and better fuel economy. Just saying.

    • Wade

      I don’t mean to quibble too much, but in the Volvo you can fold the seats down and load a bicycle inside, like I do my Volt. You can’t do that in a Tesla S. All storage is not made alike.

      • Dave_SRQ

        Load a full sized bicycle inside a Tesla Model S? I do it all the time. I’ve also folded the seats down and loaded a 62 inch long (fully assembled) Dining Room buffet from Pottery Barn in the back of a Model S, and closed the hatch. No chance of doing that in a Volt. Oh – and I still had a bunch of empty space in the Model S front trunk (which Volt or Volvo XC90 PHEV doesn’t have).

  • http://Getgreentv.com/ Jeff Theisen

    It’s a bout time Volvo got going on this …can’t wait sign me up $68gs isn’t all that bad….loaded slob urban’s go In the $70s

  • JOHN T SHEA

    I was expecting a claim like that, which is nothing to boast about. Waiting lists testify to poor supply, not high demand, and have a habit of vanishing when would-be buyers hear of them and respond by striking the car off their list.