Next XC90 for SA: More power, low emissions

2014-07-09 08:57

  • All-wheel drive, 7 seats, around 60g/km
  • Up to 290kW/630Nm
  • Volvo-developed Twin Engine technology

In May 2013, Wheels24 reported on Volvo teasing images of the interior of its new SA-bound XC90. In July, the automaker reveals engine details of its new seven-seat 4x4.

Volvo's new XC90 hybrid will, its maker says, have more power and improved efficiency when revealed later in 2014 - 290kW from a combination of an internal combustion engine and electric motor with C02 exhaust emissions of around 60g/km.

The XC90 will be available in T8 hybrid form in South Africa - more details will follow closer to the local launch in 2015.


Volvo says its the company's first SUV with such power yet such a low exhaust emissions rate. It's about half the volume at which exhaust emissions become taxable in South Africa.

Peter Mertens of Volvo's research and development section explained: "There are no compromises when you drive the all-new Volvo XC90. In the past you could have had power or low C02 emissions - the XC90 gives both."

GALLERY: 2014 Volvo XC90 (Interior)
VIDEO: 2014 Volvo XC90 (Interior)

The secret is a selection of Drive-E engine options. Each is a four-cylinder with, Volvo says, the focus on efficiency rather than number of cylinders. Mertens said: "With our new Drive-E powertrains we have created a petrol and diesel engines with power curves that give exciting driveability and world-class fuel economy."

Drive-E engines will gradually replace all other powertrains in the Volvo car range to spread the new Twin Engine badge punting 'combination' petrol or diesel engines with supplementary electric motors.


The top-of-the-range Twin Engine will carry the badge 'T8' (we'd read that as Turbo Eight, but whatever) and be a combination of plug-in battery car, hybrid car and high-performance car.

Such 'power units' will by default operate in a combination of two-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E combustion engine driving the front wheels while a 60kW electric motor drives the rear.

The supercharger fills in the bottom end of the power range while the turbo builds speed, the turbocharger kicks in as exhaust gas flow increases. The electric motor on the rear wheels, of course, provides maximum torque from zero revs.

Volvo says the SUV can cover about 40km on battery power alone - enough for most commutes with a recharge in the office car park.

The coming XC90 range includes:

• A D5 twin-turbo diesel engine capable of 165kW/470Nm and a claimed best-in-class fuel consumption of around six litres/100km.
• A D4 turbo diesel engine that delivers around 140kW/400Nm and fuel consumption of around five litres/100km and

...two petrol engines:

• A T6 turbo engine with supercharger providing 235kW/400Nm
• A T5 capable of 187kW / 350Nm.