The Sweden luxury automaker has revealed its plan to locally assemble its upcoming Volvo Plug-in Hybrid in India and make its official debut by the end of 2019.
Under an aggressive Volvo’s campaign to intensively penetrate into the electrified vehicle segment with one million electrified cars to be sold globally by 2025, the all-new Plug-in Hybrid of Volvo Car will be a made-in-India vehicle. It is said to be the range-topping model in the XC90 lineup and imported to the country via CBU format at the starting price of Rs 1.31 crore (ex-showroom, India).
2019 Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence is scheduled to be launched in India by late 2019
The standard version of the XC90 was assembled in late 2017 followed up by the S90 to be assembled at Bengaluru Plant and the XC60 which has made a great achievement in the sales figure for the company. This time around, the Sweden carmaker drops the tops on the XC90 lineup with a Plug-in hybrid version named Volvo XC90 Excellence T8.
It will be the top-spec hybrid variant of the XC90 lineup in the Indian market
The 7-seater electrified Volvo XC90 will get some simplifications in term of technology inside the vehicle as compared to its siblings. Feature-wise, the XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid features a panoramic sunroof, 4-zone climate control, Bowers and Wilkins system, adaptive suspension, HUD, leather seats, front passenger ventilated seats.
The Plug-in Hybrid XC90 will feature a premium luxurious interior
The major changes in the all-new Volvo Hybrid are in the powertrain with a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of generating 320 bhp of max power and 240 Nm of torque together with an electric motor that churns out the total power output of 398 bhp and 640 Nm units. The mills are all mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Particularly, the power will be delivered to the rear wheels via the electric motor while the front wheels will get the power from the petrol engine. The Volvo XC90 is claimed to be a powerful hybrid vehicle that can travel up to 32 km on one charge and can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds.
The hybrid car is capable of sprinting from 0-100 kmph in only 6 seconds
The automaker will offer 6 different drive modes in the Volvo XC90 Hybrid including Save, Pure, Hybrid, Power, All-wheel Drive and Off-road options. The car could be fully charged through the electric outlet of 110V or 240V in 12 hours and 6 hours, respectively. What is special, the XC90 hybrid will be packed with the unique brake energy recuperation feature which helps the electric motor to be charged every time applying the brakes. In order to boost up the most convenience and driving pleasure for its buyers, Volvo plans to offer two charging stations for customers with no extra cost, in which their vehicles could be charged in 2,5 hours.
Commenting about the all-new XC90 hybrid vehicle, Managing Director of Volvo Car India, Charles Frump has revealed that
“Our long-term strategy is for electrified vehicles. Very shortly, in terms of the automotive industry, we are going towards all electrified cars. We need to be ready in India just as we need to be ready anywhere else in the world. Our aim is to be the first automotive producer in India to locally produce a plug-in hybrid and we are going to do it next year.”
The Sweden manufacturer has confirmed to localise the Volvo XC90 in the Bengaluru-based facility and plans to introduce it by late 2019 with the introductory price of Rs 1.31 crore (ex-showroom, pan-India).