Swedish luxury car manufacturer Volvo has launched its plug-in hybrid SUV – the XC90 T8 Excellence in India. Priced at Rs 1.25 crore (ex-showroom Delhi), the SUV marks the first hybrid SUV launched in the country. The XC90 T8 Excellence is based on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

“The Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence is not only a segment first but India’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, and we see a lot of interest from our more affluent customers, who prefer to experience ‘responsible’ luxury,” said Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India.

Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence Specs

Under the hood, it packs a T8 twin turbo engine plug-in hybrid drivetrain as standard. The in-line four cylinder 1969cc petrol engine churns out 315bhp and 400Nm of torque. While a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery powering the electric motor delivers 87bhp of power and 240Nm of torque. The combined output of the two produces 402bhp of power and 640Nm of torque.

The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox offering three driving modes called Pure, Hybrid, and Power, which can be selected by a simple tap on the center console. According to the company, the Volvo XC90 Excellence zips from 0-100 kmph in just 5.6 seconds, while it reaches a top speed of 230kmph.

In terms of dimensions, the SUV measures 4950mm in length, 2008mm in width and 1776mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2984mm. Notably, hybrid SUV shares the dimensions as its diesel counterpart – the Volvo XC90s.

XC90 T8 Excellence Features

In terms of features, the newly launched Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence comes with Adaptive cruise control, Lane departure warning, Collision warning along with full auto-braking. Besides, it also comes with Rear collision warning, Park pilot assist and cross traffic alert. In addition, it also comes with a built-in ionic air cleaner in the CleanZone climate system. The company claims that the feature restricts particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 by up to 95 percent.

Coming onto the interiors, the SUV sports individual and adjustable rear seats with a massage function, heating, ventilation and specially created headrests. Other features include Nappa leather upholstery, a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system with 20 speakers, panoramic sunroof, and tyres equipped with noise cancellation technology. The SUV also gets two folding tables and cup holders with heating as well cooling options.