With the release of its XC40 T5 Twin Engine model, Volvo has attained a major milestone in its quest to electrify its entire range, now providing plug-in hybrids of all its models.
It’s also the first use of Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for a hybrid vehicle, with the front-drive-only XC40 PHEV making use of a 180-hp 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine in combination with a 60-kW electric motor (combined output is 262 hp), fed by gasoline and a 10.7-kWh lithium-ion battery. Controlled by a new 7-speed dual clutch automatic, 0-100 km/h takes 7.3 seconds, and the vehicle has an electric-only range of 46 km.
The XC40 stable will also be welcoming a dedicated electric model for the 2021 model year.
“The introduction of the T5 Twin Engine brings our electrification programme to the heart of our model line-up, demonstrating our commitment to giving all our customers the best possible choice when it comes to powertrains that are both better for the environment and also practical for their lifestyles and driving requirements,” said Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK’s Managing Director. “The XC40 T5 Twin Engine is the first plug-in hybrid car in the premium compact SUV segment, and its technology brings real day-to-day cost benefits in terms of tax and fuel consumption.”
The XC40 T5 Twin Engine comes with a standard home-plug charging cable, with a fast-charging cable available as an option. Home charging takes from 3.5 to 6 hours, depending on the battery’s state of charge, or about 2.5 with the fast-charge cable, if you want to spend that much time at a charging station instead of just taking 5 minutes to fuel up at a gas station.
Volvo Canada has decided against bringing in the PHEV, preferring to wait until the pure electric version is ready, which is promised before 2019 is up (more information when it becomes available), with deliveries probably aiming for a mid-to-late 2020 launch.
Deliveries of the plug-in in the UK, the first market to get the PHEV, are expected to start in February 2020.