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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Volvo XC60 Plug-in Gasoline Hybrid Concept



Volvo will unveil the XC60 Plug-in Gasoline Hybrid Concept at the Detroit Auto Show on January 9th, 2012.

The XC60 Plug-in Gasoline Hybrid Concept has been developed specifically the United States and China. The XC60 Concept functions as pure electric car, a hybrid, and a performance car. It is the first vehicle that can plugged directly into a traditional wall outlet.

The XC60 Plug-in Gasoline Hybrid Concept uses a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged direct-injected engine with stop/start technology that powers the front wheels. It also uses an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. The engine is mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. The new four-cylinder engines will appear on all future Volvo vehicles. The new four-cylinder engines will offer the same performance as current six cylinder engines but with improved fuel economy. The four-cylinder engine has an output of 280 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor adds 70 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The XC60 Concept has a combined max power output of 350 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. The driver of the XC60 Concept can choose from three modes: PURE, HYBRID, or POWER. The XC60 Concept can travel solely on electricity for 34 miles in PURE mode. When put in HYBRID mode it can achieve a combined 50 mpg. Acceleration from 0-60 happens in about 5.8 seconds.

I never really get excited about Volvo vehicles but this concept has me very interested. This will be a major model for Volvo in their lineup.

What are your early thoughts on the Volvo XC60 Plug-in Gasoline Hybrid Concept?

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