Volvo has launched the XC90 T8 Excellence Hybrid, the country's first plug-in hybrid sports utility vehicle (SUV) in India, at a price of Rs 1.25 Crore (ex-showroom Delhi). The Swedish car maker earlier showcased the XC90 T8 Excellence at the 2015 Shanghai Motor show. Volvo Auto India has already received more than 50 bookings for the XC90 T8 Excellence.
The XC90 T8 Excellence is based on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and is powered by a 2.0 L 4-cylinder petrol unit, which is both turbocharged and supercharged. The unit is coupled to an electric motor producing power equivalent of 87 hp. The engine produces a combined 407hp of max power and 640Nm of peak torque, mated to an 8-speed Geartronic transmission. The car gets three driving modes- Hybrid,Power and Pure. The XC90 T8 can go from 0-100kmph in just 5.6 seconds. On a single charge, the SUV can cover a distance up to 40km and can be fully charged in 2.5 hours. Customers will also get an installation of two charging stations with the vehicle, the cost of which is included in the vehicle price.
Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence is the first car in India to use radar-equipped safety features. The radar safety feature includes collision warning with full auto braking, cruise control with stop-go function, cyclist and large animal detection, rear collision warning and park pilot assist. The car also gets a strong safety cage, side impact and whiplash protection and is the safest SUV in its segment with a 5 star Euro NCAP rating.
Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence Hybrid features high-quality interiors, which includes electronically adjustable rear seats with ventilation functions. The SUV gets a 12.3-inch touch-screen, 9- inch center touch screen and a 4.3- inch touch-screen at the rear. Along with this, the car features a beverage cooler with bottles and two hand crafted glasses. The XC90 T98 also gets an Orrefors crystal gear knob. In terms of entertainment, XC90 T8 gets a Bowers & Wilkins audio system with a 20 speaker system.
The XC90 T8 Excellence design is based on current XC90, the SUV gets dual integrated tail pipes with a panoramic sunroof and T-shaped DRLs lights. Changes in the exterior are limited since Volvo designers did not want to alter a popular design, which was launched only about a year ago.