This is the first offering to use the Swedish brand’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform;It creates a far wider range of design possibilities, improves driveability and permits the inclusion of the latest safety features and connected in-car technologies, while at the same time increasing interior space. The XC90 promises no compromise as it offers a range of Drive-E engine options, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel efficiency.
The new line of four-cylinder engines combines combustion technology with an electric motor to aid fuel economy.For the all-new XC90, the top of the range,Twin Engine, will carry the badge ‘T8’ and be a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car, all rolled into one.
Normal driving is conducted in the default hybrid mode. This utilises a two-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E petrol engine that powers the front wheels and a 60 kW electric motor that drives the rear wheels.
It uses the supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range to give the engine a big, naturally-aspirated feel, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The electric motor on the rear wheels provides immediate torque.
However, at the push of a button, the driver can switch to quiet and emission-free city driving on pure electric power where the range will be around 40 kilometres, and then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor, with its combined output of around 298kW and 640Nm of torque.
The Volvo XC90 is expected to push the boundaries of a traditional SUV in terms of design, handling and performance.