Volvo engineers must be wizards because their new Twin Engine drivetrain translates to the top of the range XC90 T8 having 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque with CO2 emissions of around 60 g/km. That's better than the Prius and its 91 g/km of emissions.

The 2015 Volvo XC90 will be available with a variety of gas and diesel engines they call the Drive-E engine range. All of them are four-cylinders. If you prefer gasoline, the T6 will offer 320 horsepower and 295 pound-feet while the base T5 produces 254 horsepower and 258 pound-feet.

Diesel lovers can get the D5 with 225 horses and 346 pound-feet, or the most economical D4 with 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. The latter translates to 47 miles per gallon (European combined cycle) while still having the best interior we've seen in a long time.

What's even more exciting though is the T8 model. It's a seven-seater plug-in hybrid with four-wheel drive, ultra low emissions and a combined output of 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.


The two-liter, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine powering the front wheels gets help from an 80 hp electric motor sending power to the rear wheels. For city cruising, it has an all-electric range of around 25 miles, turning the XC90 into an emission-free rear-wheel drive SUV.

Volvo also claims that since their new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) chassis was developed with the battery pack in mind from the start, the hybrid system does not compromise interior or luggage space in the XC90.


Sounds great Sweden!