Thanks to a bigger battery and corresponding range boost.
It has already been three years since Volvo revealed the newest XC90 SUV. The XC90 launched a new era for Volvo, helping the brand get back on par with the best luxury brand in the market. The most powerful version that Volvo offers is the twin-engine T8 trim, which is a plug-in hybrid. In the 2017 XC90, the twin-charged engine and electric motor combine to produce a whopping 400 hp, which is miraculous for a 2.0-liter. For 2018, the XC90 will get even better thanks to an increased battery capacity.
According to Green Car Reports, the 2018 XC90 will receive an increase in battery capacity from 9.2 kilowatt-hours to 10.4 kwh. With the larger battery, the car will now be able to travel 19 miles on electric power, which is an increase of five miles. The XC90 will also be more efficient when driving in hybrid mode. The 2017 model was able to achieve ratings of 54 mpge and 25 mpg combined. The new 2018 model will be able to achieve 62 mpge and 27 mpg combined. MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent, which measures how far a car can travel electrically on the same amount of energy contained in one gallon of gas. These are fantastic numbers for a large SUV that weighs over 5,000 pounds.
The XC90's mpge figures are around half that of the most efficient plug-in hybrid car in the US, the Hyundai Ioniq, but this is a large seven-seat SUV after all. Volvo has sold 3,700 plug-in hybrid XC90s since its introduction in 2015, and has just introduced a T8 version of the smaller XC60 SUV. We expect that Volvo will continue to build more hybrid models, capitalizing on the success of the XC90 XC60.