Detroit Auto Show: Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept Previews Volvo's 2nd Hybrid

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Following the recent introduction of its first ever hybrid, the V60 Plug-in hybrid, Volvo has released a preview of its next hybrid. The XC60 Plug-in hybrid concept is going to be officially unveiled next week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

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The XC60 Plug-in hybrid concept is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that packs 280 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. of torque that of torque that powers the front wheels through a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The rear wheels are powered by a 70 horsepower electric motor that gets its juice from a 12kW lithium-ion battery pack. Driver’s can choose between three different driving modes: Pure, Hybrid or Power. In Pure mode the XC60 is driven solely by its electric motor for up to 35 miles. Hybrid mode is the standard setting and according to Volvo, the combined use of the two motors yields a combined rating of 50 mpg. Power mode delivers the maximum power available. Volvo claims that in Power mode, the XC60 Plug-in hybrid can reach 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

 

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Volvo hasn’t announced when the U.S. will receive the VC60 Plug-in hybrid, other than stating that it will happen in a couple of years.

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