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Volvo’s Flagship SUV Gets An Updated Plug-in Hybrid Version On September 21


It’ll glide in silence for up to 73km in electric-only mode

  • Plug-in hybrid SUV offers more power and lower emissions than the mild hybrid variant. 

  • PHEV powertrain produces a combined 455PS, 155PS higher than the standard SUV. 

  • Features to be on par with the existing SUV, including ADAS, cabin air filtration and air suspension. 

  • Will be priced at a premium over the current SUV’s Rs 93.9 lakh (ex-showroom) price tag. 

The latest Volvo XC90 Recharge plug-in hybrid SUV will debut in India on September 21. Equipped with a bigger 18.8kWh battery, the XC90 Recharge is a more powerful and even more efficient version of the standard SUV that already gets a 48-volt mild hybrid system. 

Earlier this year, Volvo updated the XC90 SUV with a mild hybrid petrol powertrain tuned to 300PS. The plug-in hybrid uses the same petrol engine, but paired with the larger battery pack, raises the output to 455PS. 

On the outside, the XC90 Recharge looks pretty much identical to the standard SUV, but it gets a wider colour palette and aerodynamic alloy wheels. 

Inside, the luxury 7-seater only differs from the mild-hybrid version with its tailored wool upholstery and leather-free interiors. Similar to the existing SUV, it gets premium features such as a panoramic sunroof, Google OS-based infotainment system, Bowers and Wilkins sound system, air suspension, head-up display, crystal gear shifter and digital driver’s display. 

It also gets a wide suite of active safety and driver assistance features such as a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, forward collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control. 

The plug-in hybrid system consists of an 18.8kWh battery pack that offers up to 73km of claimed driving range on all-electric power. The battery takes five hours to fully charge using a home wall box AC charger. 

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The Volvo XC90 Recharge is likely to be priced at a substantial premium over the standard mild-hybrid SUV that retails from Rs 93.9 lakh onwards (ex-showroom). For now, it’ll have no direct plug-in hybrid rivals in India. This will not be the first time Volvo has offered the XC90 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the top variant. The previous version was introduced in 2016 and was priced at Rs 1.25 crore (ex-showroom).

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