n an attempt to make things more interesting in the SUV segment, Volvo India has launched the XC90 Excellence T8 hybrid at Rs 1.25 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) Visually, the hybrid variant appears to be similar to the current sold XC90 SUV in India and only on closer inspection that you see an external charging port located on the left fender along with a ‘T8’ badging at the rear.
The Volvo Excellence T8 launch also marks the entry of the country’s only plug-in hybrid on sale. The new variant is powered by an electric as well as a petrol engine. The 2.0-litre direct injection supercharged petrol engine generates about 311bhp of power, while in combination with the electric motor it generates 394bhp of power and 640Nm of torque. The most impressive part about the new variant is the company claimed combined fuel efficiency figure of 47.6kmpl. The plug-in hybrid version is offered as a top-spec version.
In terms of design, the Volvo XC90 Excellence T8 features bold esthetics, a large grille on the front and projector headlamps with DRLs. The rear section also features smartly designed L-shaped LED tail lamps and the large 20-inch wheels renders it a sporty appeal. The vehicle comes loaded with all modern safety and convenience features.