Volvo is creating a lot of hype around the all-new XC90, which is scheduled for an international reveal later this year.
Volvo states that the new model will offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation. The all-wheel drive seven seater offers drivers up to 300kW, but with carbon dioxide emissions of around 60 g/km. According to Volvo, there has never been an SUV offering this level of power this cleanly.
“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the all-new XC90 you can have both.”
The new XC90 offers a range of Drive-E engine options, all of which are four-cylinder powertrains.
The top of the line T8 will be a plug-in hybrid and high-performance car rolled into one package.
Normal driving is conducted in the default hybrid mode. This utilises a two-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E petrol engine that powers the front wheels and an electric motor that drives the rear wheels.
It uses the supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range to give the engine a big, naturally aspirated feel, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The electric motor on the rear wheels provides immediate torque.
But at the push of a button the driver can switch to quiet and emission-free city driving on pure electric power where the range will be around 40km, and then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor, with its combined output of around 300kW and 640Nm of torque.
The all-new XC90 is expected to make its international debut shortly. More details will follow soon after.