At next week's Beijing Motor Show, Volvo is set to introduce a new member of its plug-in hybrid family. The company has had success with the world's first diesel PHEV, the V60 plug-in hybrid, but the new S60L is dubbed a PPHEV. The extra P stands for petrol.

"This is our most technologically advanced powertrain ever" – Peter Mertens

Unsurprisingly given the debut location, the S60L PPHEV is a vehicle that is destined for the Chinese market. Volvo says the car should arrive in "early 2015" after production starts at the company's Chengdu plant. There is a chance that China-built Volvos will make their way to the US at some point, but whether that invasion fleet includes the S60L PPHEV is difficult to predict at this point.

Similar to the V60 PHEV, the plug-in S60L mates up a four-cylinder, 238-horsepower Drive-E turbo engine with a 68 hp electric motor fed by an 11.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to be, "an electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car all rolled into one," Volvo claims. The two power sources provide 350 and 200 newton meters of torque (258 and 148 pound-feet), respectively. The torque is routed through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and the whole package uses just two liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (the equivalent of 117 miles per gallon) in default hybrid mode. All-electric range is a solid 30 miles. In a prepared statement (available below), Volvo's senior VP of research and development, Peter Mertens, called the setup, "our most technologically advanced powertrain ever." If it's that good, Volvo, go ahead and sell the car worldwide.
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Volvo Cars to unveil the ingenious S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) will reveal the Volvo S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show. The ingenious petrol plug-in hybrid – an electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car all rolled into one – offers the driver an outstanding combination of dynamic driving pleasure and superb fuel economy.

The production version of the S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid, with an exceptionally CO2-efficient 238 horsepower Drive-E petrol turbo and plug-in hybrid technology, will be launched in China early 2015 and will be produced at the Chengdu plant. As such, the car forms part of Volvo Cars' plan to contribute to the development and spread of new automotive technologies in China.
The S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car

"The creation of a powertrain with 238+68 hp and 350+200 Nm of torque by combining a petrol turbo from our new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family and an electric motor proves that the most efficient car can also be the most fun to drive. This is our most technologically advanced powertrain ever. It brings us closer to our vision to offer zero-emission motoring in the future," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Volvo Cars.

The S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car features the same electrification technology as the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid, which has been a groundbreaking success on the European markets.

In the S60L, however, the diesel engine of the V60 has been replaced with a new, two-litre, four-cylinder petrol turbo from Volvo Cars' new Drive-E engine family. It boasts 238 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Other key components in the super-efficient powertrain is a crankshaft-driven ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) between the engine and the 8-speed automatic gearbox and a 68 hp electric motor powered by a 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the floor of the load compartment.

CO2 emissions at 50 g/km

The driver selects the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power.

In the default hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are about 50 g/km. This corresponds to fuel consumption of just 2.0l/100 km.

At the touch of a button, the driver can also choose to cover up to 50 km on pure electric power – or use the combined capacity of the petrol turbo and electric motor to create a veritable driving machine with 238+68 horsepower, 350+200 Nm of torque and 0-100 km/h acceleration in 5.5 seconds.

"This on-demand possibility to choose between different driving modes makes the plug-in hybrid the perfect choice for the uncompromising customer who wants minimum carbon dioxide emissions combined with maximum driving pleasure," says Peter Mertens. "The electric range covers the needs of most Chinese commuters, and the car has a total range of about 1,000 km in hybrid mode."

The S60L PPHEV Concept Car can be recharged from a regular power outlet (230V/6A to 16A fuse) at home or in a car park. The recharging time varies with the amperage. A full charge with 10A takes 4.5 hours, while a 16A charge takes it down to 4.0 hours.

The S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car

Instant All Wheel Drive

Pressing the AWD button activates the exceptionally responsive electric four-wheel drive. Instead of the mechanical power transfer of conventional four-wheel drive, the central control unit distributes power between the petrol-driven front wheels and the electrically driven rear axle.

The driver can also choose to save battery power for driving on pure electricity later, for instance, in the centre of a city in order to eliminate all tailpipe emissions.

Exclusive interior

The S60L PPHEV Concept Car is painted in a matt white crystal pearl colour, with contrasting black or blue details on the lower body and the seven-spoke wheels. The exclusive interior features hazel-brown leather with contrasting stitching on the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel and door panels. Chrome detailing and a blond colour theme above the belt line enhance the luxurious feeling.


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      FREEPAT75014
      • 8 Months Ago
      Very interesting, but they'll need to double this battery size to make an all electric case for my local commutes, still backed with an ICE range extender. Plus they need to announce that in an SUV form factor as my next car must be an SUV.
      CoolWaters
      • 8 Months Ago
      Where are US Volvo's made?
        Tiberius1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Currently all Volvo cars are built in Sweden. It was (at one time shortly after Geely took over) to be that all US Volvo cars would be manufactured there, with Chinese sourced Volvos going to Pacific Rim countries and 'Down Under'. It looks like that may no linger be the case.
        Danielus
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Sweden I believe, since volvo doesnt have any other factory except for china, wich was just opened not long ago but they only make cars for the chinese market i think. But when volvo was owned by Ford they had other factories at their dispense, my 2000 volvo s40 was made in belgium and i live in sweden. But since the sell all volvos for the US are build in Sweden.
      bsquarewi
      • 8 Months Ago
      This sure looks a lot like those Volt spy shots from yesterday. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/15/2016-chevy-volt-spy-shots/
      Vinuuz
      • 8 Months Ago
      Two liters of fuel per kilometer? That is some gas guzzler!
        Danielus
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Vinuuz
        I think its a mistake, possible they meant to write 2 litres per mile (scandinavian mile)
          ScottT
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Danielus
          I'm pretty sure it's 2 liters per 100 Km. Two liters per mile would be horrible. Two liters per mil would still be horrible. Metric countries typically use liters/100Km.
      elanjacobs
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think you mean 2 litres per HUNDRED kilometres; 2 litres per kilometre is 1.17 mpg, about the same as a large truck.
      Danielus
      • 8 Months Ago
      "Similar to the V60 PHEV, the plug-in S60L mates up a four-cylinder" correction. V60 PHEV has got the old 2,4 liter five cylinder non Drive-E engine.
      • 8 Months Ago
      You can rest assure the American enterprise system will allow the Communist Chinese to displace our last remaining industry. No worries CHina. An American CEO has your back.
      Lucky Stars
      • 8 Months Ago
      I really want to like the s60 enough to lease one. I want a volvo but need an executive car. When you look at the s60 in profile it is so plain. It needs some more aggressive cut lines like bmw, or mercedes. I still prefer the looks of audi a4 and bmw 328, it is almost there. Looks like the excellent lease rates on e350 will make me get my first mb. With that said the Xc60 is high on my list if I wanted an cuv
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        No one can beat the Volvo prices at the moment, if you are looking at E-Class prices, consider the S60 R-Design, it has very tasteful and aggressive styling updates and should still be below E-Class money.
        paqza
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        I disagree. I see them regularly on the road here and they look quite a bit more unique than the derivative and bland stuff Mercedes and BMW is putting out. My gripe is with the dated interior but the exterior looks very good in real life.
      yoat
      • 8 Months Ago
      "....the whole package uses just two liters of fuel per kilometer....." Whose leg are you trying to pull??
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 8 Months Ago
      LWB! And those seats look glorious... the whole interior is exceptionally beautiful.
      paulwesterberg
      • 8 Months Ago
      It looks like the battery compromises the cargo capacity of the vehicle which is unfortunate.
        Tiberius1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Like all hybrid cars that are derived from ICE based designs.
        Rr778
        • 8 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Good thing most commuters barely use their trunk. Phew that was almost relevant
          ScottT
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Rr778
          But nearly all commuters do on occasion use their trunk, and some even use it on a regular basis. So it kind of is relevant. There are lots of things that I rarely use, but that doesn't mean they are irrelevant to me.
          Joeviocoe
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Rr778
          Seat belts and airbags are needed unexpectedly. Most people know when they will need cargo room. Just like you would agree that most people don't need a pickup truck, so now we are just quibbling over "how much space" Trunk capacity has been getting smaller and smaller over time... so this is nothing new. Remember the pre-1980's vehicles?... when trunk size were measured in units of 'number of bodies'?
          Actionable Mango
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Rr778
          I've never needed my seat belt and airbags, but I'd still like them to be there.
        Spec
        • 8 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Personally, I don't really care much about the trunk intrusion. I rarely need much trunk space and if I do need a lot of carrying capacity, I can just throw a roof rack on top. But that's just me . . . I windsurfed for a while so I was quite accustomed to using a roof rack.
      ihatemacs9
      • 8 Months Ago
      if ever there was a car with an identity crisis, this is it. in addition to the alt fuel types, it has the trim taken from the volvo performance coupe concept (the polestar fascia), sporty looking bolstered seats, but a dark brown interior of an executive saloon that screams wannabe CEO. i like this car and want it to succeed but i dont think it'll win the alternative fuel crowd with its almost-sporty looks.
        ragtopdodge
        • 8 Months Ago
        @ihatemacs9
        Umm...are you serious? The Tesla is pretty dang sporty and is selling like hot cakes, even given it's $90k MSRP! A good looking hybrid/electric is what the public wants! But has to be reasonably priced too.
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