The all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 twin-engine hybrid will cost between $68,100 and $72,000 when it arrives in US showrooms this fall.
In entry-level Momentum form, the XC90 T8 will cost $68,100. Moving up to the Inscription model adds more luxury features and will cost $71,600, and the sport-focused R-Design model will cost an even $70,000. Pricing doesn’t include $995 destination charge or any federal rebates.
All T8 trims get “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights, power front seat extensions and a hand-blown glass gear shift knob. Inscription adds wood trim and Nappa leather seats and door panels. The R-Design trim trades the glass shifter for a perforated leather shifter and the silver grille for a matte black grille. The R-Design also gets paddle shifters and sports seats.
Powering the T8 are two engines – a 2.0-liter, turbo- and supercharged engine up front and an electric motor at the rear axle. Combined, the total output is 394 horsepower. Volvo claims a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds.
The engine can operate in three modes with hybrid as the default. In hybrid mode, the car automatically determines which engine to use and how much of each engine’s power to use based on driving conditions to get maximum fuel economy. Pure electric mode uses only the rear-mounted electric motor and is designed to be used for city driving. Power mode uses both engines to provide maximum power and torque, using the instant torque of the electric motor for acceleration and the gasoline engine to get up to speed.
The T8 is a plug-in hybrid, meaning the batteries can be charged using an external power source instead of the engine, and is eligible for federal tax credits.
Watch Roman and Nathan compare the XC90’s little brother, the XC60, with the BMW X5 in this TFLcar video: