Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid coming to North American International Auto Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The North American International Auto Show, running from January 9 to 22, is a showcase for concept and production vehicles from manufacturers around the world. One of the concept vehicles it will play host to this year is an innovative new crossover from Volvo. Claimed to be an electric car, a hybrid and a high-performance car as well, Volvo's XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is a futuristic, yet plausible, proposition.

Volvo's XC60 Plug-in Hybrid features a turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine with 280 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Power from the engine is routed to the front wheels by an 8-speed automatic transmission. There's also an electric motor connected to the rear axle that generates 70 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Together, the turbocharged engine and electric motor provide 350 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, which is more power than many V6 powered sports cars.

"In the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept we demonstrate that our forthcoming 4-cylinder engines offer the same high performance as today's sixes." said Peter Mertens, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Car Corporation. "At the same time, their fuel consumption will be lower than in current four-cylinder engines."

There are three driving modes available in the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept: Pure, Hybrid and Power. In Pure mode, the concept operates on electric power only and has a range of up to 45 km according to the European certification driving cycle NEDC.

Hybrid mode is the concept's standard setting and makes use of both the gasoline engine and electric motor to propel the vehicle. Fuel consumption is rated at just 2.3 L/100 km according to the European certification driving cycle NEDC, and the driving range in Hybrid mode is as much as 960 km.

In Power mode, XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept combines the power of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and the electric motor to generate as much power as possible. With a combined 350 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.

Volvo's XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept features an electric all-wheel drive mode that is activated by pressing the AWD button on the centre console. The electric all-wheel drive system uses a central control unit to balance power between the front wheels (which are powered by the gasoline engine) and the rear axle (which is powered by the electric motor).

"The technology in the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is as ingenious as it is unique," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation. "You can make really green progress on the road without compromising on any of the luxury car's renowned properties. No other manufacturer has succeeded in delivering fuel economy and electrical range on this level in a capable, spacious performance car with 350 horsepower on tap."

While it is a futuristic concept vehicle, the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid makes use of technologies that are already well established. It should be only a matter of time before such a vehicle is available for sale from Volvo.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, PHEV, Volvo, 2012, XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept, Plug-In Hybrid,

Organizations: North American, Volvo

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