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Sorry America, Volvo Won't Sell You The T6 Twin-Engine Hybrid

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Oh well, we'll just have to make do with the more powerful T8.

The extended roofline wasn't the only thing that Volvo debuted when it introduced the new V60 wagon, based on the fresh S60 sedan. Along with it, the Swedish automaker revealed a new T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain. But that version, we're sorry to report, won't be coming to America.

The T6 is similar to the more powerful T8 available in America on the XC60 and XC90 crossovers and the S60 and S90 sedans. Only instead of 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, the T6 version produces 340 hp and 435 lb-ft.

The electric component of the powertrain is the same, but Volvo detunes the gasoline engine for less output. Rather than offer both versions in the United States, however, Gothenburg is keeping things simple by sticking with just the one – and we're glad it's the more powerful version.

"One thing the customers don't want ­– and I would say our partners, retailers, they don't want it either – they don't want too many versions," Volvo's North American chief Anders Gustafsson told CNET's Roadshow. "Why go for the cheap one when you can sell the big one?" Why indeed, Gustafsson. We like the cut of your jib.

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Unfortunately, that means Volvo isn't offering any hybrid wagons in the US – for the time being, at least. While the S60 and S90 sedans can be had in T8 spec, the new V60 and V90 (including the Cross Country) are only being offered with unelectrified powertain options. The T5 engine (available on the V90s) packs 250 horsepower, while the conventional T6 (in the V60 and V90) produces 316 hp. Volvo may yet roll out the T8 in both models (as it has in their betrunked counterparts), but there won't be a T6 PHEV to fill in the gap.