A new plug-in hybrid from Volvo will be launched next week at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. Called the S60L Twin Engine, the midsize premium sedan will be the first locally-produced PHEV that will be built in the company's Chengdu Plant after Geely bought Volvo.
“We are delighted to signal the start of sales in China of our brand new S60L T6 Twin Engine. The Chinese consumer is ready for this product. Our offer of no compromise performance and efficiency, coupled with very clear ownership benefits, means that we are perfectly positioned in the growing plug-in hybrid market,” Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Global Marketing, Sales and Service at Volvo Car Group.
At the heart of the S60L Twin Engine lies a 2.0-liter inline-four Drive E engine that is paired with a rear axle driven 50kW electric motor and a 11.2 kWh lithium ion-battery pack. It has a combined power output of 306 PS and 550 Nm of torque.
Like most hybrids, it has 3 drive modes that can fit a user's driving preference. On Pure Mode, the car runs solely on its electric motor which gives it a maximum range of 53 km. Its standard setting is called Hybrid Mode which allows both the electric motor and engine to work together. Its last setting, Power, optimizes the car to provide the best power output from the two power units.
When the battery is depleted, Volvo claims that the lithium-ion battery pack can be charged in as quick as 3.5 hours via a 230V outlet with a 16A fuse while a 10A and a 6A fuse will charge the car in 4.5 hours or 7.5 hours respectively.