• The XC90 currently has a starting price of R1.2-million.
• The two new XC90 models - B5 and B6 - will be joined by a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.
• Volvo will launch five fully electric models between 2021 and 2025.
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Volvo is making good on its electrification promise by introducing two new mild-hybrid offerings in its local XC90 SUV range.
Its two new grades - B5 and B6 - will use T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid systems and replace the current and corresponding T5 and T6 models. The duo will also feature a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) and what it does is recover brake energy to charge the 48V battery.
Also forming part of the powertrain is a new eight-speed Geartronic gearbox with shift-by-wire aided with a stop/start system.
Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa, says: "Emissions are reduced and fuel economy is improved. Furthermore, thanks to the 48-volt battery, the vehicle's performance during start-up and take-off is exemplary. From a practical point of view, there are no cables - the vehicle does not need to be charged at an electrical socket."
The electric promise
The exterior remains largely untouched - though the interior benefits from a new CleanZone system that cleans and removes particles found within the cabin. Using the Volvo app, the interior can be cleaned before getting in.
Customers can also opt for a simplified upholstery offering and alloy wheel programme in addition to an updated colour palette. Due to customer demand, the intuitive parking ticket holder has also been reintroduced.
Volvo's electrification strategy states that by 2025, they aim to have sold one million electrified cars and will launch five fully electric models between 2021 and 2025.
The XC90 currently has a starting price of R1.2-million.