VOLVO XC90 TWIN ENGINE
The all-new XC90 encapsulates everything you need to know about Volvo’s future. It’s based on a brand-new platform called Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), it establishes a striking new design language for the marque, it introduces world-first safety technology and the dashboard features an ipad-like 12.3-inch touch screen to control information and entertainment features. The XC90 is also the first of many Volvos to be powered exclusively by four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, known as T6 and D5 respectively. But the hero of the range is the T8, also known as the Twin Engine. It combines the turbo-petrol powerplant of the T6 with a plug-in hybrid system; the conventional engine drives the front wheels, while the electric motor is at the back. With a full charge taking three and a half hours, the T8 can run for 40km on electric power alone as a rear-drive machine. When the battery is exhausted, it turns into a hybrid four-wheel drive that also happens to be the performance flagship of the XC90 range. With 296kw total system output, the T8 is substantially more powerful than the 236kw T6, yet it returns 2.5 litres per 100km in the European Combined fuel economy cycle (T6 7.7 litres). The T8 also carries some unique equipment, including a handmade crystal gearknob from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors.