Strict fuel economy regulations have driven the company to come up with the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept ready to be presented at this year’s Detroit event starting in a few days.
By the look of it, Volvo has big plans for 2012: only last month, the company enriched the market with a V60 plug-in diesel hybrid wagon, that can brag about driving 31 miles on battery or 621 miles as a hybrid on a 215 hp, 5-cylinder turbo diesel engine.
The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept has a 260hp (280 lb-ft), turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine controlling the front wheels, while the rear ones are handled by a 70hp (148 lb-ft) electric motor. This one runs on a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which takes 3.5 hours to charge if plugged to regular 220V and, of course, double if the outlet outputs only 110V.
The vehicle can manage a whopping acceleration to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds thanks to its Integrated Starter motor and Generator (ISG) and relies on a 8-speed automatic transmission. All these features make the vehicle stands out, respecting the environment and still managing to give its driver a cleaner 350-horsepower race.