Volvo V60 plug-in diesel hybrid, a concept with an unique architecture


Volvo will show a concept of a plug-in hybrid version of its just introduced V60 model in next month’s Geneva motor show. It is said to be a near-production model, which should be brought to market next year. All that sounds good, at least for Europeans, because this plug-in hybrid V60 has a diesel engine which is not available in the U.S. market. An inline-5 cylinder, it’s a 2.4-liter making 215-hp in a front-drive configuration.

To complement it, Volvo has added a small 51-kW electric motor to the rear end, and a 12-kWh battery which should give a 31-mile range in electric mode. What’s funny is that depending on conditions, this V60 will be either a diesel front-drive, an electric rear-drive or a 4WD hybrid. Hmm… More about it after the Geneva show. Volvo’s already announcing a very impressive 123-MPG rating, but as always with plug-in hybrids, your mileage may vary hugely…