Volvo XC90 T8 twincharged plug-in hybrid to top engine range

Sitting atop the Volvo XC90 SUV range will be a new plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which will be branded teasingly as the T8.

Don’t go think that there’s a V8 under the hood, though. Instead the Volvo XC90 T8 features a 2-litre 4-cylinder engine Drive-E petrol engine with both a supercharger and turbocharger strapped to it. This motor powers the front wheels.

A 60kW electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack drives the rear wheels. All together they generate 298kW (400hp) and 640Nm (472 lb-ft) of torque. With fully charged batteries the XC90 T8 will be able to manage around 40km (25mi) of electric only motoring.

There will be a total of five drivetrains offered in the new XC90 range, three with petrol engines and two with diesel motors. Despite the badging declaring D4, D5, T5, T6 and T8, they’re all likely to be 4-cylinder units.

Induction?Supercharger + TurboPlug-in hybridTurboTwin turbo
258 lb-ft295 lb-ft472 lb-ft295 lb-ft347 lb-ft
Fuel economy??2.6L/100km~5L/100km~6L/100km