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Volvo Reveals New V60 Diesel Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image

Dubbed the most technically advanced Volvo ever produced, the new V60 Plug-in Hybrid was officially revealed this week, marking the Swedish automaker’s first foray into the hybrid market. But unlike most hybrids, this unassuming wagon is the world’s first diesel-electric plug-in vehicle.

Powering the V60 Plug-in Hybrid is a turbocharged 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel engine that produces 215 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This unit is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission as well as an electric motor that puts out an additional 70 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. The diesel engine is responsible for sending power to the front wheels, while the electric motor routes power to the rear.

“Our plug-in hybrid has received considerable attention since it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011,” says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation. “Now we’re taking the next step by presenting the production model, which is graced with a distinctive profile featuring a spectacular silver colour, an exclusive interior and generous standard equipment.”

In addition to its hybrid capability, the V60 Plug-in can travel up to 32 miles on all-electric power with a single charge. Volvo says the V60 can receive a full charge in as little as 3.5 hours on a 16-amp line.

Volvo will also be launching a new smart-phone app that will allow V60 Plug-in Hybrid drivers to remotely access a range of functions including air conditioning, pre-cooling and after-cooling, and a reminder to connect the charge cable if this has not been done by a predetermined time.

At this point, Volvo has determined that the U.S. market isn’t quite ready for the first production diesel hybrid. For now, the model is only slated for European dealerships.

See more details and images of the production Volvo V60 Plug-in below.

Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image
Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image
Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image
Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image
Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image
Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image
Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image
Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image
Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid image

Volvo V60 Diesel Plug in Press Release

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