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Volvo Launches Hybrid XC90 In T8 Excellence Trim At Rs 1.25 Crore

  • Sep 15, 2016
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Image- Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence_exteriorThe Volvo XC90 that has been on sale for some time now is already a very luxurious and capable SUV and its distinct, Scandinavian design really stands out with an air of exclusivity. The XC90 launched today is the plug-in hybrid model that can also be charged at your home (or office) for emission-free, electric-only driving. Luxury comes at a price and the XC90 T8 Excellence costs Rs 1.25 crore.

The power pack is placed dead-centre along the transmission tunnel while the electric motor is mounted on the rear axles to supply 87PS of power to the rear wheels. Packed with all the latest jargons in the auto biz like turbocharging, supercharging and direct injection, its small(ish) 2.0-litre, in-line 4-cylinder petrol engine produces 320PS of power and sends all of that to the front wheels.

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What it means is that you have a theoretical max power of 407PS at 6000rpm and a massive torque of 640Nm that covers most of the rev range (from 2200rpm to 5400rpm). All that, minus the turbo lag. The electric motor negates that initial lag by offering all of its torque, right from 1rpm. This 2.3-tonne luxurious mammoth can rocket to 100kmph in 5.6 seconds

As Volvo says, T8 is the new V8.

We all know that the batteries can soak up the wasted energy from the engine with regenerative braking. Where the latest XC90 T8's powertrain shines is with its plug-in port. If your daily commute is less than 80km, then your one full tank of petrol could last you all-year-long. Of course, that means you'll have to charge the car at your home and/or office and Volvo aren't going to nickel-and-dime you for that. Installation of two charging stations is included in the ex-showroom price and it only takes 2.5 hours to charge its 9.2kWh battery pack from a completely depleted state.

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The Excellence variant is also extra luxurious because of its four-seat configuration. Three fewer seats means more room, front and back.

Even the transition between electric-only, petrol-only and hybrid setting is seamless and isn't noticeable, whether you're cruising on the highway or crawling in the city. You can also pick your preference and force the computers to drive in your selected mode and because of its thick insulation all-around, no matter what you choose, the ride is always silent. What also helps is its air suspension with Four-C technology that automatically controls the height and damping to give you exactly what you want; comfort, handling or efficiency.

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This Volvo proves that a luxury SUV doesn't need to cost a bomb to run and it definitely doesn't need to smoke like a chimney.

This one makes no compromises in any sense when it comes to safety. Volvo and a few other manufacturers had approached the authorities to delicense certain radar frequencies that'd allow manufacturers to make their cars safer. The latest Volvo is the first product to come with radar-based safety features in India.

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On the safety front, the XC90 T8's feature list now includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Lane departure warning

  • Lane keep assist

  • Blind-spot detection with cross traffic alert

  • Rear collision warning

  • Park pilot assist

  • Collision warning with full automatic braking

  • Pedestrian, cyclist and animal detection


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So, if you're cruising on the highway, you can just let the car drive at a safe distance and manage its speed with the adaptive cruise control and also manage the steering with its Lane Keep Assist feature. But even if you're in the city, the same system can manage the crawling and braking by itself relieving you from the pedal duties. The steering is still all yours.

But there isn't just efficiency, power and safety to talk about. There's opulence at its best on the insides. The usual stuff like temperature-controlled cup holders, four-zone climate control and the 6-way adjustable perforated massage seats with heating and cooling are of course there.

IMG_8061But there's also a small fridge for the backbenchers to keep their champagne cool with handmade crystal glasses crafted in Sweden by Orrefors. The see-through crystal gear lever is also designed by the masters at Orrefors. And if you prefer being accompanied by your favourite tunes, then get ready to be blown away by the 1400W Bowers & Wilkins audio system for a thoroughly premium aural experience.

At Rs 1.25 crore (ex-showroom Delhi), the Volvo XC90 is easily the most advanced and definitely the safest car you can buy in India. Perhaps that's the reason why Volvo already has 50 confirmed bookings for the T8 Excellence.
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