Volvo USA will add these new plug-in hybrid electric versions under the brand's new 'Polestar Engineered' trim.
Volvo's mid-size model range, comprising the 2018 World Car Of The Year (WCOTY) winner, the XC60, and the V60 wagon, is all set to get powerful 409bhp plug-in hybrid electric versions for the 2020 line-up within the newly-launched 'Polestar Engineered' trim option. This new trim made its global debut on the 2019 S60, and like it, the XC60 and V60 Polestar Engineered models will be propelled by Volvo's T8 Twin-Engine Plug-in Hybrid powertrain.
Both versions will get the same set of updates as the S60 T8 Twin-Hybrid, however, their powertrain software will be tuned as per the vehicle's specs, and the power and torque delivery will be focused to the rear wheels. As mentioned above, both new versions will put out 409bhp and about 670Nm of torque. To cope with the increased power, the suspension units on both cars will get the Ohlins treatment, featuring dual-flow valve technology in the struts and a new front strut bar for added stiffness.
Exterior changes on the Polestar Engineered trim models include bespoke six-piston brake callipers finished in gold colour and peeking through unique Polestar-design alloy wheels. For an enhanced sporty character, the cars also get black chrome tailpipes, a front grille finished in gloss black, wheel arch extensions and Polestar Engineered badging at the front and rear. Like the brake callipers, the gold theme continues inside with Polestar's signature gold-coloured safety belts.
During the announcement, Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA, also revealed that the Polestar Engineered version of the S60 was completely sold out online within an hour of its launch! With such an overwhelming response, it's only fair for Volvo to expand this trim onto its other models.