Volvo refreshes its local XC90 SUV range with two brand-new mild-hybrid offerings

2022 Volvo XC90
2022 Volvo XC90

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."

2022 Volvo XC90
2022 Volvo XC90

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.

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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.

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