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Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid Could Enter Production By 2015

 
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Volvo Concept XC Coupe live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show

If you were at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, you know that one of the most perfectly executed concept vehicles was, surprisingly, a crossover: the Volvo Concept XC Coupe. While it won't be headed straight to production, a vehicle sharing its themes--and an advanced plug-in hybrid power train--could be, as soon as the summer of 2015.

That vehicle is the next generation of the Volvo XC90. According to Green Car Reports' conversations with Volvo executives, the plug-in hybrid version of the 2015 XC90 is all but guaranteed.

So what will the 2015 Volvo XC90's plug-in hybrid drivetrain look like? It will pair the new Drive-E 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and feature an electric motor sandwiched in between. A second motor on the rear-axle will yield all-wheel-drive capabilities and some limited all-electric functionality.

Previous reports put the 2015 XC90's plug-in hybrid drivetrain system at up to 400 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque in combined thrust. The turbo four-cylinder could generate as much as 300 horsepower on its own.

Expect more details on the plug-in Volvo XC90 to come later this year--and in the mean time, you can find even more information on the coming hybrid crossover at Green Car Reports.

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