The launch of the Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine makes the Swedish carmaker the world's first manufacturer to offer electrified versions of all of its current cars.
Say hello to the new Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine – the plug-in hybrid version of Volvo’s baby SUV. However, that’s not just it. You see, with the introduction of plug-in hybrid tech in the XC40, Volvo has become the first carmaker to offer an electrified version or PHEV powertrain in every one of its cars in the existing line-up.
Coming to the technical details, the T5 version is based on Volvo’s front-wheel drive configuration or CMA platform as opposed to the all-wheel drive SPA platform that incorporates the T8 drivetrain in other Volvos. The powertrain in the XC40 PHEV includes a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 180bhp and an electric motor that produces 82bhp on its own. Combined, the duo produces 262bhp of peak power output. Power transmission duties are carried out by a new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. Volvo claims the plug-in derivative can do 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds, while the drivetrain can return up to 60km/l!
The battery pack is lithium-ion type and it’s a capacity of 10.7kWh. In electric mode, the XC40 PHEV will have a range of 46km. The battery pack will completely recharge in 2.5 hours using a fast charger, while it’ll take between 3.5-6 hours using a three-pin socket at home.
The Volvo XC40 PHEV sounds quite impressive, and given its green credentials, we think it should come to India soon.