Globally popular luxury automaker Volvo will be launching the XC90 Excellence T8 plug-in hybrid SUV in India on September 14. The upcoming SUV will be offered with impressive features and some laudible efficiency figures. A few years ago Porsche had introduced the Cayenne Hybrid in India which eventually had to be pulled out in 2014 owing to its poor sales. Let’s see what fate the Volvo brings for itself.
The upcoming Volvo XC90 Excellence T8 will be powered by an electric and a petrol engine. The 2.0-litre direct injection supercharged petrol engine generates 311bhp of power, while combined it generates 399bhp of power and 640Nm of torque. In electric mode, the company claims that the vehicle can cover a distance of about 30kms. The wall unit helps recharging batteries on the go in just about 2.5 hours, while on a regular 110V and 240V power outlet, it takes about 12 hours and 6 hours respectively.
In term of design, the upcoming plug-in hybrid SUV sports bold aesthetics and a large grille on the front that gives it a masculine appeal. The LED headlamp unit on the bumper flows on smoothly to the sides. The rear also features smartly designed LED tail lamps. As for interior, the vehicle comes with a four-seat arrangement with premium upholstery. All the seats are offered with electric adjustment, recline function, massaging and ventilation. Rear seat occupants have access to a refrigerator and also control its temperature. The dashboard will sport a larger infotainment screen which is expected to give real time updates.
The upcoming Volvo XC90 Excellence T8 will be introduced in the country as a CBU (Completely Built Unit), therefore it not expected to benefit from the Government’s FAME scheme for hybrids. This will mean that the upcoming hybrid SUV from Volvo will be priced well over Rs 1 crore in India. Additional, details about the vehicle will be known post its launch in the country.