Volvo XC90- India’s first Plug-in Hybrid SUV Launched

Swedish car maker Volvo has launched the XC90 T8 Excellence SUV at Rs.1.25 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). The company already sells XC90 in the diesel engine in India, and the new version is the first plug-in hybrid SUV in the country launched by any automaker.

Volvo XC90 features

The Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence is based on the XC90 luxury SUV and features a petrol engine that delivers 49 g/km CO2, backed with an electric range of up to 40 km. Volvo also offers two charging stations included in the price of the T8 Excellence, which will be installed by the company’s experts at locations of customer choice. These stations can charge the luxury SUV within 2.5 hours, the company noted.

The XC90 Excellence is built on Volvo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and comes with the T8 twin engine plug-in hybrid powertrain as standard. The in-line 4-cyl 1969cc supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine in the XC90 Excellence develops 315bhp and 400Nm of torque. A 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers electric motor develop 87bhp and 240Nm of torque. The combined output of the hybrid set up stands at 402bhp and 640Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to eight-speed automatic gearbox offering three driving modes – Pure, Hybrid, and Power. Volvo claims the SUV can sprint 0 to 100kmph in 5.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 230kmph.

Interiors of Volvo XC90

Being a luxury model, the XC90 T8 Excellence flaunts individual and adjustable rear seats, combined with a massage function, ventilation, heating and specially designed headrests. The seats are upholstered with perforated Nappa leather. The rear cooling compartment holds two 750ml bottles and two handcrafted Swedish Orrefors crystal glasses. The luxury features also include two folding tables and cup holders with both heating and cooling options and Bowers & Wilkins sound system. It also gets an Orrefors crystal gear shifter.


The dimension of the new Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence is identical to the diesel powered XC90s. The SUV measures a wheelbase of 2984mm, 4950mm in length, 2008mm in width and 1776mm in height.

Hybrid cars are need of the hour considering the rising level of pollution in India. But this boon can be fully utilized only if these cars become affordable to the masses in the country. The car companies & the Government has to solve a number of infrastructural issues to facilitate smooth usage of hybrid cars in the country.

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