Volvo Cars has made another bold move with the announcement of two different versions of the 2016 Volvo XC90, specifically with the twin engine T8 model. The luxury SUV was originally viewed upon as inefficient and the last choice for many when it came to a new vehicle purchase. Today the Scandinavian automaker made a bold announcement with the new updated Volvo XC90.
One of the big changes is the power plant. Instead of a V6 in the T6 and a V8 in the T8, The Hoops News reports that both cars will have an inline four-cylinder engine. It will be supercharged and produce around 316 horsepower. However, the engine surprises do not stop there.
While an inline four will provide decent fuel economy, the T6 is getting a boost from having both the engine supercharged and turbo charged. The 2.0 liter engine should impress those who have lost faith in the model. But the real excitement comes with the T8. Instead of a supercharger and turbo charger set up, the T8 will be a dual engine set up with extra hp being derived from an electric motor. Combined, both images will put out 400 horsepower.
The Left Lane reports that Volvo did more than just change out the engines on the XC90. They have redone the care from head to toe. The automaker brought in a revamped Swedish design into the new models. The result was the Volvo feel with understated elegance. There is not one design cue that stands above another, however, the result is the best looking SUV with three rows. Both the interior and exterior designs changes should not disappoint.
Something cool is included with the Volvo XC90 T8 version is a portable TurboCord Dual charger. This charger is a 120v or 240v unit that will give owners the ability to charge easily at a 240 volt outlet or a standard 120 volt outlet. At 240v, the XC90 T8 can be fully charged in 2.5 hours.
A lot has been made of Volvo trying to rebuild itself in North America. The new XC90’s appear to be a strong start to make the automaker what it once was in the United States. The twin engine 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 looks to be a giant step forward to compete in the hybrid market today.
By Cletus Dillwood
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