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Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Slated for Detroit Auto Show

Volvo is ready to pull the wraps off of its newest concept, the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept, which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. Based on the Volvo XC60, the automaker’s SUV concept utilizes a gas engine and an electric motor like the Chevrolet Volt. However, the XC60 Concept is more powerful.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 280 horsepower drives the XC60 Concept’s front wheels using an eight-speed automatic transmission. “An electric motor rated for 70 hp and 148 lb-ft can power the rear wheels, and there also is an electric motor/generator to supplement the gasoline engine, rated for 45 hp and 111 lb-ft,” says Motor Trend. “Volvo says combined power output of the three units is 350 hp.”

The XC60 Concept uses its gas engine and electric motors to offer three distinct drive modes. Pure mode powers the XC60 solely on electric power, with an operating range up to 35 miles. Hybrid mode uses the gas engine and electric motor. Volvo says in a press release that, in Hybrid mode, the XC60 Concept can go 600 miles on a tank of gas and achieve 50 mpg during continuous driving. Lastly, the XC60 Concept’s Power mode increases the XC60 Concept’s performance. Volvo says that in Power mode, the XC60 Concept can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Volvo says that the XC60 Concept can achieve a full charge in 3.5 hours on a 220-volt outlet or 7.5 hours using 110 volts. To make the cabin more comfortable, drivers can opt to heat or cool the cabin while the XC60 Concept is charging.

Full details on the XC60 Concept haven’t been announced, but Volvo says it will bring plug-in hybrids to the showroom floor. “This world-class gasoline plug-in hybrid technology, featuring a state-of-the-art four-cylinder engine from our upcoming Volvo Environmental Architecture engine family, will reach our American showrooms in a couple of years,” says Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation. “However, it is too early to say which model will be the first to feature this solution."

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