2015 Volvo XC90 Twin Engine Technology pushes up to 400 hp, 640 Nm
New top of line XC90 carrying T8 badge will be equipped with Twin Engine technology i.e., combination of a petrol engine with an electric motor making a hybrid power train. Whats special is that Drive-E petrol mill is a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder supercharged and turbocharged unit coupled to an 80 hp (60 kW) motor to produce 400 hp max. power and 640 Nm peak torque combined. Fuel burner drives front wheels while coil bearer spins rear set.
Range of pure electric mode is only 40 km, normal driving mode is hybrid. Other modes in new Volvo XC90 include Off-road, 4WD, Save and Power, each having its own set of protocols of operating engine and motor, to best suit corresponding driving condition.
Thus, new seven seater XC90 based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) chassis technology, is capable of acting as a plug-in, hybrid or high performance car, at the push of button.
Drive-E engine line-up, built for better efficiency and lower emission, are all of four cylinder configuration. 2015 Volvo XC90 is first SUV to offer lowest CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions of about 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle) with output power rated up to 400 horses.
Other engine options include D5 twin-turbo diesel engine producing 225 hp max. power and 470 Nm peak torque with best in class mileage of around 6 litres per 100 km, and the D4 turbo diesel engine generating 190 hp and 400 Nm. Fuel consumption of D4 is approximately 5 litres per 100 km.
Petrol engines like T6 turbo with supercharger pushing out 320 hp and 400 Nm, and T5 with tune of 254 hp and 350 Nm will also be on offer in 2015 Volvo XC90.
Volvo Cars’ all-new XC90 will be the world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV
• All-wheel drive, seven seats and ultra-low emissions of around 60g/km
• Up to 400 hp and 640 Nm of torque
• New Volvo-developed Twin Engine technology
New Delhi, 8th July 2014: Volvo Cars’ all-new XC90 will offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation when it is launched later this year. The all-wheel drive seven seater offers drivers up to 400 horsepower but with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle). There has never been an SUV offering this level of power this cleanly.
“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the all-new XC90 you can have both.”
The new XC90 offers a range of Drive-E engine options, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency. 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,” added Dr. Mertens. “With seven people in the new XC90, carbon dioxide emissions per person and kilometre are outstandingly low.”
The CO2 performance of the all-new XC90 will reinforce Volvo Cars’ 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 per cent from 2012 to 2013.
Twin Engine technology
Volvo Cars has made it possible for a four-cylinder engine to provide all the driving pleasure associated with a much larger engine and do so far more efficiently and cleanly. Drive-E engines will over time be introduced across Volvo’s entire range.
For the all-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 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels.
It uses the supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range to give the engine a big, naturally-aspirated feel, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The electric motor on the rear wheels provides immediate torque.
But 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, and then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor, with its combined output of around 400 hp and 640 Nm of torque.
Full range of other engine options
The Volvo XC90 range also includes the D5 twin turbo diesel engine with 225 hp, 470 Nm, best in class fuel consumption of around 6l/100 km and the D4 turbo diesel engine with 190 hp, 400 Nm and a fuel consumption of around 5l/100 km.
The range also offers two petrol engine options. The first is a T6 turbo engine with supercharger and turbo with 320 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. The second is a T5 with 254 hp and 350 Nm.
Not only is there no compromise in terms of performance or efficiency, but Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) chassis technology also allows for far more flexibility inside the car. Other carmakers have struggled to combine the bulk of a battery pack with a luxurious and spacious interior, something that Volvo has managed to overcome.
“Since our new SPA technology is designed from the start to accommodate electrification technologies, the Twin Engine installation does not compromise luggage or passenger space,” said Dr. Mertens.
Volvo Auto India
Swedish luxury carmaker Volvo Auto India (VAI) established its presence in India in 2007 and has since then, worked intensively to market the Swedish brand in this country. Volvo Cars currently markets products through its dealerships in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Vishakhapatnam and Pune.
The company sells five luxury models.
Volvo S80 – An exquisitely elegant saloon
Volvo S60 – A sporty sedan
Volvo XC60 – A technologically advanced compact luxury SUV, apt for Indian roads.
Volvo V40 Cross Country – The adventurous cross country.
Volvo XC90 – A 7-seater luxury SUV which is sturdy and apt for Indian families.
Volvo’s Brand Philosophy
‘Designed Around You’ is the brands translation of going an extra mile to understand customers better. This human-centric approach enables Volvo Cars to know the pulse of the customers and gauge what they desire in a product. With this thought the brand places the customer at the heart of its design. Every Volvo car boasts of cutting-edge technology with engineering that is executed around human values.