Riding on the shift towards anti-diesel mobility in India, Swedish major Volvo launched a plug-in hybrid version of its premium sports-utility vehicle XC90, called the XC90 Excellence T8 at Rs 1.25 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) on Wednesday.
Based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the XC90 is already available in India, in an all-wheel drive, diesel avatar, in which a 1,969cc engine churns out 225bhp of power and a massive 470Nm of torque.
While the luxury and looks of this Scandinavian beast remain unchanged, the technology under the hood gets a boost.
The 4-cylinder in-line supercharged and turbocharged engine coupled to the 85hp electric motor generates maximum power of around 400HP and peak torque of 640Nm, when mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. And when the 9.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery is fully charged, it will run around 40km more. The Drive-E powertrain offers the driver five driving modes to choose from according to the surface conditions.
The car is equipped with enhanced features like lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control, which some reports claim to be first-in-class in India.
The cabin comes with some exclusive features like massage function, ventilation and heating as standard on the four individual seats of XC90 T8. There’s also a cooling box in the rear where you can chill up to two 750ml bottles of your favourite beverage.
The XC90 comes loaded with Bowers & Wilkins touchscreen infotainment system, while there’s a separate screen for the ones in the rear to control their ambient and seating conditions.