If you want the ultimate in 7-seater luxury, look no further than the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine. This impressive machine has exceeded all expectations when it comes to the no compromise equation of power and low fuel consumption, coupled with world class low emissions.
The result of hard work and further engineering by the Swedish company has led to an extremely impressive 2.1l/100km, while also adding power. This makes the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine the clear leader in its segment, with an exceptional combination of low fuel consumption, emissions and pure power.
There is no other SUV in this class that can match the T8’s range of 42 km on pure electric mode. Combined power of 303 kW makes it possible to complete to sprint to 100 in 5.6 seconds.
The car has a total of 5 different driving modes that deliver a range of performance and efficiency-enhancing characteristics. These are toggled by using either a scroll wheel on the centre console or a touchscreen on the dashboard, the choices of drive modes are:
Hybrid: This is the default mode, suitable for everyday use. Here, the vehicle will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2-litre, 4-cylinder Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the best overall fuel consumption.
Pure electric: In this mode, when the high-voltage battery is fully charged, it serves as the car’s sole energy source, powering the electric motor over the rear axle. The Volvohas a range of up to 42 km using just electricity, which covers the total distance many people drive in one day. And thanks to the regenerative braking system, this mode is super-efficient in the stop-and-go traffic of city environments. If more power is needed, the Drive-E combustion engine starts up automatically.
Power mode: Here, drivers get the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor. On start-up, the T8 takes advantage of the electric motor’s superior response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, equivalent to that of a large displacement engine like the V8.
AWD: This mode offers constant all-wheel drive on demand. The advantage of being able to select AWD manually is that the driver can use it when needed, or choose to save energy for later.
Save: If the battery is charged, this mode allows the driver to “freeze” the battery level and save it for later use with Pure Electric drive. On the other hand, if the battery is low, the driver can use the combustion engine to charge the battery to a certain level for later use with Pure Electric drive.
“We have been working hard to earn our competitive edge and to give our customers the ultimate combination of performance and low fuel consumption. Our Twin Engine technology has enabled us to build on our heritage of efficient powertrain development in a completely new way. Thanks to our new scalable product architecture, and our world class four-cylinder engines, we have a clear and leading position,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group