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Volvo XC90 Plug-in hybrid available to order

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Volvo’s new XC90 luxury SUV has already proven a hit with buyers, with the first batch of top-of-the-range models finding buyers in just a few days. However, the new XC90 hybrid looks set to become even more popular than the standard car.

The Swedish car company has just opened the order books for the new seven-seater XC90 4x4 and the company has just announced the arrival of the new XC90 Plug-in hybrid – a machine that offers a blend of economy, emissions and power that would have been the stuff of science fiction just five years ago.

The XC90 Plug-in hybrid features a 314bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine along with an electric motor, which together produce 395bhp – enough to propel the enormous SUV to 62mph in a scant 5.9 seconds. Despite its power and speed, though, this XC90 emits just 59g/km of CO2 – enough to warrant free car tax and no Congestion Charge when driving in central London. Fuel bills should also prove relatively inexpensive.

This hybrid model features an eight-speed automatic gearbox along with five different driving modes – Hybrid, Pure Electric, Power, AWD and Save. Hybrid mode automatically alternates between drawing power from the petrol engine and the electric motor for the best overall fuel consumption, while Pure Electric shifts the car into fully-electric mode – with it being capable of covering up to 25 miles on electricity alone.

Meanwhile, power mode engages both petrol engine and electric motor for maximum performance, mimicking the effect of having a larger petrol motor. AWD sends power to all four wheels for maximum traction on slippery surfaces while Save maintains the level of charge in the battery so you can use it at a later stage.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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