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The world’s most powerful SUV with the lowest emissions – oxymoron anyone? Not according to Swedish auto marque Volvo, though. Meet the new XC90 T8 TwinEngine

Story: Gaurav Nagpal

Be it the urban jungle or be it the real deal, unforgiving terrain often compels the use of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Bouquets from appreciative customers who swear by the comfort and competence of SUVs are always accompanied by brickbats from the eco-warriors due to embarrassingly high fuel consumption and emission statistics. So when a new SUV comes along, claiming maximum power with minimum emissions, you have to take notice. Volvo seek to marry these seeming opposites in their new SUV, the XC90 T8 TwinEngine.

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The ‘TwinEngine’ moniker is not without reason. The front wheels are powered by the four-cylinder 2.0-litre Drive-E petrol engine with a supercharger and a turbocharger, for an output of 318 PS and 400 Nm. Electric power comes from a high-voltage (270-400V) 64-kW battery that connects to the 82-PS/240-Nm electric motor powering the rear wheels.

Between the engine and the eight-speed automatic gearbox lies the crankshaft-mounted starter generator (CISG), a 34-kW starter motor providing up to 150 Nm extra torque and allowing a smooth transition from pure electric drive to combination combustion drive.

The total system output of 400 PS and 640 Nm is harnessed by the new eight-speed automatic transmission, and the behemoth does the 0-100 km/h dash in just 5.9 seconds.

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The driver may choose from among five driving modes as follows:

Hybrid: Automatically switches between petrol and electric power to maximise fuel efficiency
Pure: 40 km range enhanced by regenerative braking
Power: Combined output from petrol engine and electric motor
AWD: Power delivered to all wheels
Save: ”Freeze” fully charged battery for later use, or charge battery with petrol engine for later use

All this performance and technology have some serious green credentials to boast about – the XC90 T8 emits just 59 g/km of CO2 and offers a fuel economy of 40 km/l on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), with a US driving cycle fuel economy of 25 km/l (59 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent or MPGe).

Says Dr Peter Martens, Senior VP, R&D, Volvo Car Group, “The XC90 T8 is a plug-in electric car, hybrid car, and high-performance car rolled into one.” The model is expected in showrooms before the end of 2015. Indians would welcome a car like this – we love poser value as well as brownie points with the green crowd. Here’s hoping the XC90 T8 lands on our shores very soon.


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