Volvo is coming out with an all-new version of the XC90 large crossover utility vehicle, and when it does on sale in Spring 2015, it will be followed by a plug-in hybrid electric version. According to Volvo executives, the plug-in version could come as quick as 4 months after the spring launch of the gasoline powered version.
According to Green Car Reports, the information came from a series of interviews with Volvo executives including the vice president of powertrain, manager of lifecycle and brand strategy, and the vice president of corporate communications.
Recently, Mitsubishi announced the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid would be delayed to some time in 2015 due to battery shortages, and that could mean the XC90 plug-in hybrid will be the first PHEV SUV/Crossover style vehicle to the North American market.
The XC90 PHEV will use Volvo’s new Drive-E 2.0 liter direct injected turbocharged engine combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and a single electric motor in between. A second electric motor will be used to power the rear wheels to provide all-wheel-drive, as well as electric-only driving under certain conditions.
More details about the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid full-size crossover utility vehicle will emerge later this year.