Volvo is pushing ahead with its electrification plans, announcing it will add Polestar-engineered plug-in hybrid versions of its V60 wagon and XC60 crossover to its North American lineups.
The 2020 XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered and 2020 V60 T8 Polestar Engineered join the already “Polestar Engineered” third member of the 60-series cars — the 2019 S60 sedan — in receiving the T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid propulsion system.
“The introduction of the new Polestar Engineered trim on the S60 sold out online in under an hour,” said Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car USA, “Polestar Engineered modifications to the XC60 and V60 offer an additional dose of performance to an already powerful, responsive and efficient vehicle.”
Like their sedan sibling, the two new vehicles feature the 415-hp, 494-lb-ft powertrain, optimized with software to provide faster access to torque and focus power on the rear wheels. The also get performance improvements such as throttle response, braking and handling.
Volvo partnered with Swedish suspension specialists Öhlins to enhance suspension performance with dual flow valve struts (which respond quickly to road imperfections) and a front strut bar to increase body stiffness (for more precise and responsive control).
Unique forged alloy wheels provide muscularity and enhance air flow to the brakes, with visible 6-piston callipers painted in Polestar’s trademark gold. Other prominent exterior cues include integrated black chrome tailpipes, high-gloss black grille, body-colour wheel arch extensions and discreet Polestar Engineered badges front and rear.
The theme is carried through inside, with Polestar’s signature gold seatbelts adding pop to a charcoal-based theme with metal mesh aluminum panels. Luxury touches are added by leather steering wheel and gear shifter, and Nappa leather upholstery.
The cars will be available in summer 2019.