Volvo’s cleanest, most powerful SUV

Volvo’s cleanest, most powerful SUV

CSUV-VolvoVolvo has unannounced details on the all-new XC90 all-wheel drive, with seven seats and emissions of around 60g/km coming out later this year and labelled it the ‘cleanest and most powerful SUV on the market’.

Volvo’s XC90 will combine power and clean operation when it is launched later this year. It will offer drivers up to 400 horsepower but with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60g/km (NEDC driving cycle).

“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” says Volvo car group research and development senior vice president Peter Mertens. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the new XC90 you can have both.”

The main distinguishing feature of the Drive-E engine range is that they are all four-cylinder engines. “With our new Drive-E powertrains, we have created a family of intelligent petrol and diesel engines with power curves that give exciting driveability at the same time as delivering world-beating fuel economy,” says Mertens.

For the new XC90, the top of the range ‘twin engine’ will carry the badge ‘T8’ and be a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one.

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 80hp (60kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels.

The CO2 performance of the nesw XC90 will reinforce Volvo Car’s leadership when it comes to bringing more environmentally-sound technologies to market. According to figures monitored by European car industry association ACEA, Volvo Car Group delivered an industry-leading reduction of average fleet emissions by 8.4% from 2012 to 2013.

Also, 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 40 kilometres. Then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor, with its combined output of around 400hp and 640Nm of torque.

The new Volvo XC90 range also includes the D5 twin turbodiesel engine with 225hp, 470Nm, best in class fuel consumption of around 6L/100 km, and the D4 turbodiesel engine with 190hp, 400Nm and a fuel consumption of around 5L/100 km.

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