This is the brand-new Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine, and it represents a pretty big moment for the Swedish brand. That’s because this particular XC40 is a plug-in hybrid – meaning Volvo is the first manufacturer to offer a PHEV powertrain in every one of its cars.
Incidentally, Volvo is also claiming that this is the UK’s first plug-in hybrid premium compact SUV. It’s an important car then, so you’ll be wanting some details…
Unlike the T8 Twin Engines in the rest of Volvo’s range, the T5 is front wheel drive only. The powertrain consists of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 180bhp, an 82bhp electric motor connected to a 10.7kWh battery pack, and a new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox.
All of that means headline figures of 262bhp, 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds and fuel economy of up to 141.1mpg. Blimey.
The lithium-ion battery will provide 28.6 miles of electric-only range, and will completely recharge in 2.5 hours with the optional fast charging cable. If you’re relying on the three-pin plug, it’ll take between 3.5 and 6 hours.
Enough details for you? Wait, there’s one more to convey. Prices will start at £40,905 for the standard R-Design version.
So, Volvo has gone plug-in crazy. What do you think, Internet?