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Unveiled: Volvo S60L Performance Plug-in Hybrid Concept

2014 Beijing Auto Show

Debuts in Beijing, previewing 2015 production car.

Volvo has just released images and details of its upcoming performance plug-in electric vehicle (PPHEV) concept based on the S60 sedan, which is due to debut at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show 2014. Volvo says this car is only designated for the Chinese market (it is a long wheelbase, after all), but it seems like the technology will later make it into other future models. The car’s engine is a 238-horsepower Drive-E engine, probably sourced from the 2.0-liter turbo T5.

The 238-hp engine is mated to a 68-hp electric motor, making a combined 405 lb-ft of torque. Together, they will move the car from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, while offering 31 miles of pure electric range. The car’s battery can charge in as little as four hours. The “on-demand possibility to choose between different driving modes makes the plug-in hybrid the perfect choice for the uncompromising customer who wants minimum carbon dioxide emissions combined with maximum driving pleasure,” says Volvo.

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