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Volvo's new XC90 to get diesel and hybrid engines

autos Updated: Jul 10, 2014 11:51 IST
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The all-new XC90 will be offered with a range of two diesel and one petrol engine when it goes on sale, in international markets, later this year. It will first make a public debut at the Paris motor show in October.

All of the new XC90's engines come from the Drive-E engine family. Headlining the range will be a T8-badged petrol-electric hybrid model, featuring a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged unit in conjunction with a 79bhp electric motor which is used to drive the rear wheels. The sequentially-charged engine - where the supercharger acts low-down in the rev range and the turbocharger boosts top-end output - has a combined power figure of 395bhp and 65.2kgm of torque.
The hybrid XC90 will be able to travel for up to 40.2km on electric power alone. Volvo says space inside the car isn't compromised by the addition of a large battery pack, as the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform on which the car sits was designed from the start to include hybrid technology. The XC90 is the first Volvo to be based on the new platform. Also joining the T8 at launch, in the UK, will be D5 and D4 diesel units. The D5 is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine with 222bhp and 48kgm of torque. The D4, meanwhile, is a conventional turbodiesel with 187bhp and 40.8kgm of torque. Both diesel options also come with a new i-ART injection system, which can deliver precise amounts of fuel to each cylinder as required.
The new model is some 100mm longer than the current car, measuring 4.9m, with the extra interior space offering better legroom for second and third-row passengers. The interior styling of the car has already been revealed, showing a luxurious cabin dominated by a 9.5-inch central touchcreen, through which most infotainment and vehicle functions are controlled.
Volvo officials have confirmed that the initial range of engines will be expanded after the car's launch, with likely additions including an all-electric version and models featuring a frugal energy-harvesting flywheel.