Yes, you read that right. The Volvo XC90 Hybrid has actually become affordable by as much as Rs 35 lakh. Actually, Volvo Auto India has come up with a new ‘Inscription’ variant of the XC90 Plug-in hybrid that has been priced at Rs 96.65 lakh (ex-showroom). In comparison, the Excellence variant in which this luxury Plug-in hybrid SUV was launched here costs Rs 1.31 crore. Hence, the introduction of the Inscription variant has brought down the starting price of the hybrid SUV by Rs 35 lakh.
Powering the Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that works in conjunction with a 60 kW electric motor. The petrol engine is aided by a supercharger that boosts power at the low-end and a turbocharger that works at higher engine speeds. It outputs 320 hp of maximum power. On the other hand, the electric motor outputs 87 hp. The electric motor is powered by a set of 9.2 kWh lithium-ion batteries. Together, the petrol and the electric motor output a maximum power of 407hp and a peak torque of 400Nm, which is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. As per Volvo, the XC90 plug-in hybrid can sprint from zero to 100 kmph in just 5.8 seconds. It has an all-electric range of 40 kms.
Akin to the Diesel-only XC90 Excellence, the new variant offers a long list of features that includes bits like a panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate control, a high-end 19-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system, air suspension, a head-up display, ventilated front seats and Nappa leather upholstery. Safety features include seven airbags, collision avoidance, radar-based adaptive cruise control, and city braking system. Also, while the XC90 Plug-in hybrid SUV offers only four seats in the Excellence trim, the newly launched Inscription trim of this hybrid luxury SUV offers as many as seven seats.