Volvo has revealed first details of its XC60 plug-in hybrid at the Detroit Motor Show. And unlike the V60 Plug-in
, it gets a petrol engine rather than a diesel.
Volvo chose Detroit to reveal the car in a bid to promote its hybrid systems to the petrol-loving American market.
It is powered by a 276bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine and a 69bhp electric motor, which drive the front and rear wheels respectively. When they are working together, Volvo claims the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds.
A full charge of the batteries takes 7.5 hours from a standard socket, and the XC60 will be able to travel up to 28 miles in electric-only mode. Keep it in Hybrid mode and the Plug-in will manage more than 100mpg and produce just 53g/km of CO2. A Power mode is also available for maximum acceleration.
Despite its Concept tag, the XC60 Plug-in will almost certainly make production late in 2012, but don’t expect it to be cheap. The V60 Plug-in commands a £5,000 premium over what is currently the most expensive model in the range. With that in mind, the XC60 Plug-in could cost as much as £45,000.
The launch of the new XC60 Plug-in Hybrid is part of Volvo's strategy to establish itself as independent from Ford, which currently provides Volvo with engines and chassis technology.
The new 2.0-litre engine is an all Volvo design, and is expected to arrive in 2013. Insiders say that it could make its debut in the new S40, which will be revealed later this year. For the first time ever, the new S40 will also be offered as a hatchback, and rival the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.