Volvo will start selling its new version of the XC90 gas-powered crossover in the US in Spring 2015 and it looks like the Swedish automaker won't waste too much time getting to the plug-in variant. In fact, the company may start selling its XC90 PHEV as early as next summer, which might beat the serially-delayed Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, thought to be the model's primary competitor, to the US market, Green Car Reports says. The XC90 PHEV will have a 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged engine and an electric motor for the powertrain as well as an additional rear-axle electric motor for all-wheel-drive capability. The crossover is said to deliver about 300 horsepower.

Volvo appears to be buoyed by the results of the V60 plug-in diesel-hybrid, whose European sales have been better than expected. Still, in an attempt to better appeal to Americans, Volvo decided to move away from the diesel component in favor of the gas-powered PHEV for the XC90 late last year. The company will sacrifice about five percent in fuel economy compared to the diesel, though the model will still be fuel-thrifty, as the diesel PHEV gets about 120 miles per gallon on the more lenient European driving cycle test.


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      DaveMart
      • 3 Months Ago
      'Base pricing for the gas-only XC90 currently starts at $39,700 in the US. A fully loaded XC90 costs in excess of $53,000. We expect the PHEV version to be positioned at the top of the XC90 lineup.' http://insideevs.com/confirmed-volvo-xc90-plug-in-hybrid-suv-to-launch-globally-in-late-2014/ In markets where the Outlander is on sale, Mitsubishi have undercut Volt prices, but in a small SUV body. Direct competitors? I don't think so. The Volvo is nice, if you can afford it.
        MTN RANGER
        • 3 Months Ago
        @DaveMart
        I agree. The Outlander PHEV will probably be around $35-40k in the US next year. The XC90 PHEV will compete with the $50k+ VW Crossblue.
          Actionable Mango
          • 3 Months Ago
          @MTN RANGER
          Whatever happened to the Crossblue anyway? At intro they said it was more of a production-ready prototype than a pie-in-the-sky concept car, there was talk of which US plant it would be built in, and even some pricing. Then nothing. Is it DOA or still being brewed?
      ima
      • 3 Months Ago
      Volvo DID NOT Stand behind the first XC90s and they sure WILLnot stand behind this one. Volvo NEEDSmoney and there is no greater place to get it bt from DUMB I Got to Have It Americans. As u have read Volvo is NOT selling the XC90 in Sweden Or China and that should tell tell all of U Dumb I Got to Have It American DO NOTbuy this SUV. Yes it is a serious off Road Vehicle, The Tranny Issues will not allow you to put the suv in gear to GET ON the ROAD.
      Spec
      • 3 Months Ago
      I'm still surprised that no one has come out with a PHEV SUV in the USA yet. All I can figure is that they are all dragging their feet because they know it will cut into their profitable conventional SUV sales.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Months Ago
      The Volvo XC90, appear to be more of a luxury SUV , station wagon substitute, and a serious off road vehicle. Volvo are being very coy about the XC90's 4WD drive capacity. It's less luxurious competitor, the Mitsubishi Outlander, is reputedly far more adept at coping with rugged or difficult terrain. Still, the XC90, is being trailed in Australia, where it's abilities will be really put to the test.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Dunno, Marco, I haven't looked into it too closely, but on the Mitsubishi forums they seemed to be saying the the 4WD capacity is pretty limited, and that it is more of a softroader: 'The 4WD systems works as it does in warmer climate. Both electric motors are working to drive all wheels. However the AWD system is not that good in PHEV. I am hoping for an update on ASC software that it should work better. Now the car feels like FWD car. You have to drive it around the corners as a FWD car, but if you are going through snow - of course all wheels are driving.. I posted a rant about it on another forum and got confirmation from other user. PHEV 4WD sucks if you like sporty driving.' http://www.myoutlanderphev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=75&start=20
          CoolWaters
          • 3 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          So, you're saying for a soccer mom, it's perfect. Because she isn't ever going off road, and just want 4wd for snow. Don't care if you have to drive it round a corner, slower like it's only a FWD. Just as long as it doesn't get stuck in snow. Most people won't be taking the vehicle to 90% of it's handling capability, it's an SUV not a sport car.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        'Don't go too far off-road either. Ground clearance is lower than the regular Outlander and there is no spare tyre (it comes with an inflator kit).' http://www.carsguide.com.au/news-and-reviews/car-reviews-road-tests/mitsubishi_outlander_plug_in_hybrid_review_first_drive_80922_20121220
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        @ DaveMart , Most disconcerting, that leaves only one genuine EV or EREV 4weel drive manufacturer. (Although the Landrover Defender may improve). I've built (or had built) a number of small SUV and other specialized 4WD's. We've been able to achieve excellent off road capacity, but without high quality, advanced battery packs and EV technology, it's difficult to achieve on road performance and range. My LERR is great, but expensive. There's a real market for a mid-priced 4WD EREV /EV.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        There might be a market for genuine off road capability, but I would have though it limited compared to the market for a softroader. The Outlander PHEV and the Volvo should both be fine if it snows and you are trying to get to work and so on, which probably covers most of the market.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          @ Dave Mart As I've said before, I have a dislike of the ongoing fashion for urban SUV's. These vehicles came into existence as a result of the US CAFE regulation and stayed on as a fashion statement. The overwhelming majority of these vehicles are less functional, and more hazardous than the large station wagons they replaced. The very first SUV, Range Rover (and to a lesser extent the 1946 Willys Jeep station wagon) was designed as an all-terrain vehicle, that could also be used as a car. That market still exists in Britain, and especially in Australia. An EV/EREV version would be very welcome.
      markrogo
      • 3 Months Ago
      Both the XC90 and Outlander and truly ugly vehicles.
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