The V8 is gone. That was clear. The six- and five-cylinder are no longer an issue for the new Volvo XC90. There is now something else that is very interesting. The Swedes call it twin engine technology. We just call it plug-in hybrid, at Volvo itself this drive train is then called the T8. The new SUV brings with it up to 640 Nm of torque and 400 hp. The top version of the T8 reduces emissions to an incredible 60 grams per kilometer.
The Drive-E engines are also offered in the Volvo XC90. From the economical diesel to the brisk gasoline engine, there is practically the whole range to choose from for the new seven-seater. 225 diesel horsepower from the D5 bi-turbodiesel bring 470 Nm of torque with it, as well as a standard consumption of six liters per 100 km. The D4 can be even smaller, which has 190 hp (400 Nm) and only needs around five liters. There is a choice of front or all-wheel drive. One or two decent gasoline engines shouldn’t be missing. Here, Volvo relies on T5 and T6. The latter gets 320 hp (400 Nm) from two liters of displacement with supercharging and turbocharging. The T5 develops 254 hp with a torque of 350 Nm.
The new twin engine technology is designed to combine driving pleasure and low emissions. In the case of the T8, purely electric driving is just as possible as the exhaustion of electric and combustion engines, which should result in a “high-performance vehicle”. The basis is the T6 engine with turbo and compressor charging, which is additionally supported by a 60 kW electric motor. This only drives the rear wheels. Up to 40 kilometers can be covered in electric mode. The combination of both drives results in 400 HP system power and a maximum torque of 640 Nm.
“The scalable product architecture SPA was designed for electrification from the start. Therefore, the plug-in hybrid concept with two engines does not restrict the freedom of movement of the passengers or the cargo space ”- Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of the Volvo Car Group