2012 Detroit: Volvo unwraps the XC60 plug-in hybrid

  • Key Competitors: Lexus RX400h
  • Power: Turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 280 hp powering the front wheels, 70 bhp electric motor powering the rear for a combined 350 bhp.
  • Performance: 0-60 in 5.8 seconds.
  • Availability: TBA.

Volvo finally unveiled their new plug-in hybrid version of the XC60 mid-sized crossover SUV earlier at the 2012 North American International Auto Show–their first ever venture into alternative powertrains for the North American market. Powered by a 280hp four-cylinder and a 70hp electric motor, the Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid churns out a total of 350hp.

“No other manufacturer delivers fuel economy and electrical range on this level in a capable performance car with a total of 350 horsepower,” said Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.

Now, we’re a little confused when Jacoby called his XC60 a performance car, since Volvo isn’t exactly a buy word in performance. But either way, the XC60 Plug-In Hybrid promises to deliver up to 35 miles on all-electric power with fuel economy well over 100 mpg’s on the European driving cycle.

Jacoby didn’t announce when the XC60 Plug-In will be available and at what cost. But I’m sure we can expect that information to pop up as 2012 rolls by.

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– By: Chris Chin