Volvo India to launch XC90 Diesel Hybrid in 2016
Volvo, the Swedish luxury carmaker is known for manufacturing the safest cars in the world. Not being in demand in the country due to illogical pricing being the main reason, the scenario is set to change with Volvo cars planning to launch the new XC90 and a new entry-level hatchback model, the V40 in India.
Already available in Europe and North America, Volvo has finally revealed that it will be launching the much-awaited XC90 diesel hybrid SUV (225bhp) as well, somewhere around next year. For this model, Volvo seems to be confident that it will do well in the country as they claim that the hybrid model will deliver a fuel efficiency of 37 km/l, a figure higher than most of the fuel-efficient diesel cars like Maruti Dzire (ARAI certified mileage of 26.59 km/l).
Just for information, the first batch of 1927 units of Volvo XC90 was sold merely in just 48 hours after it went on sale. The all-new Volvo XC90 with the new SPA (Scalable Platform Architecture) is around 200 kgs lighter than its preceding model. In terms of dimensions, it measures 4,950 mm lengthwise, 1,923 mm width wise and 1,776 mm height wise.
Inside the cabin, the feature list is attractive enough with a new tablet-lit touchscreen along the center, new four-zone automatic climate control system, and clean zone air purification system with individual settings for the each row. This premium looking 7 seater SUV is Volvo’s first car to come donned with the company’s new prominent iron mark, with the iconic arrow aligned with the diagonal slash across its grille.
Sources say that the new Volvo XC90 would be launched in India in two trims- Momentum and Inscription. While the former trim will be feature loaded, the latter will come with even more features and fitments to pamper all the luxury car buyers.
As per reports, in early 2016 Volvo will also launch the XC90 8 plug-in hybrid in India, which will come with a petrol-electric setup. The four-cylinder drive E engine will churn out 318 bhp of power and 40.78 kgm of torque, while its electric motor is going to churn out 80.04 bhp of power and 24.5 kgm of torque.
It is expected that Volvo will price the XC90 very competitively to give tough competition to luxury cars like Audi Q7 and the BMW X5. We are quite hopeful that the XC90 would hit the Indian shores by the third quarter of 2015.