22 Feb 19

Volvo refreshes XC90, goes mild hybrid, adds T6 Twin Engine

Four years after its presentation, Volvo’s flagship SUV gets facelifted and introduces the brand’s first mild hybrid powertrains. These include diesel and petrol options and can be recognised by the B5 and B6 badge.

At the same time, the T8 plug-in model is revamped. All new powertrains will find their way to other models of Volvo’s 60 and 90 Series, starting with the XC60.

Interestingly, the XC90 can now be ordered with six seats. So far, customers had the choice between five or seven - or four, in the case of the top of the line Excellence model for discerning chauffeur-driven executives.

Mild hybrid also for diesel engines

The new mild hybrid engines feature Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain.

This new unit offers drivers up to 15% fuel savings and emission reductions in real world driving, Volvo claims.

On the XC60, customers will be able to choose between a B5 mild hybrid petrol or diesel variant, a B4 diesel mild hybrid as well as a B6 petrol mild hybrid. The B5 petrol will be available with front wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

More and improved Twin Engines

The upgraded T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid with up to 420 hp features a new battery and brake-by-wire advanced battery charging. The range of the T8 powertrain has increased by around 15%.

In the case of the V60 estate and S60 sedan, the T8 gets the company of a T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid benefiting from the same new battery and brake-by wire-technology.

Volvo Cars has upgraded its production capacity so that up to 25 per cent of total production can be Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars.

The XC40 will also receive a new electrified option, in the form of a T5 Twin Engine petrol-plug-in hybrid. A second, T4 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid option will follow later.

Not in Geneva

Even though the XC90 would have made a great Genevan premiere, Volvo decided to save its GIMS budget for other purposes - contrary to its performance sister brand Polestar, which will present the highly-anticipated all-electric Polestar 2 in Geneva on March 5. 

Curious to see how the MY2020 Volvo XC90 performs in a 50mph crash test at Volvo's Safety Centre? Watch the video Fleet Europe shot in Gothenburg on March 20, 2019 here:



Authored by: Dieter Quartier