The refreshed Volvo XC90 will be available with a new mild hybrid system, which is comprised of an advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system coupled with its existing internal combustion engines, to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under a new ‘B’ badge.
This new electrified powertrain offers drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving.
The new brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy-recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.
The XC90 will be available with a B5-badged mild hybrid petrol or diesel variant, as well as a B6-badged petrol mild hybrid.
The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid has also been upgraded, featuring a new battery and brake-by-wire advanced battery charging. The range of the T8 powertrain has increased by around 15 per cent, and this powertrain is available on all 90 and 60 series cars.
The refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a new grille.
The model-year 2020 version of the XC90 will go into production in May at the Torslanda plant in Sweden. It will be available to order in the UK in mid-March, with first customer deliveries expected in late Q2 2019. Full pricing details will be announced shortly.
The upgraded and newly developed electrified powertrain options will be made available across Volvo’s entire model range in the future, and Volvo has confirmed that plug-in options will now be available on every model it produces.
The mild hybrid technology will also be available on diesel and petrol versions on the XC60. Customers will be able to choose between a B5 mild hybrid petrol or diesel variant, a B4 diesel mild hybrid, as well as a B6 petrol mild hybrid. The B5 petrol will be available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The Volvo XC40 SUV will also receive a new electrified option, in the form of a T5 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid. A second, T4 Twin Engine, plug-in hybrid option will follow later.
Volvo has upgraded its production capacity so that up to 25 per cent of total production can be Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. In addition, it expects its new ‘B’-badged powertrains to gradually become the new standard, moving it closer to its goal that by the middle of the next decade all of its cars will be electrified. All UK market details are to be confirmed.