Volvo Cars has added an R-Design version of its V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which was has been one of the better selling plug-in vehicles in Europe since going on sale, and currently is in fifth place for the first quarter of 2014.
|2015 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design. Click to enlarge.|
We sold almost 8,000 plug-in hybrids in 2013. Adding the R-Design dynamic attributes to the V60 Plug-in Hybrid—the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid—will give its attractiveness another boost. The customer gets segment-topping performance combined with outstanding efficiency.—Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design version features a number of unique interior and exterior features that create a sporty presence. The exterior blends the Plug-in Hybrid identification with the R-Design front, rear diffusor and 18-inch ‘Ixion’ wheels. Inside, the car comes with a full R-Design interior design. Sport seats, featuring a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather, are standard.
The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbodiesel producing 215 hp (160 kW) and 440 N·m (325 lb-ft) of torque. The car has a six-speed automatic transmission.
The rear axle is powered by an electric motor producing 68 hp (50 kW) and 200 N·m (148 lb-ft). It is supplied with power from an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the floor of the load compartment.
The driver selects the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power. The driver can opt for up to 50 km (31 miles) on all-electric power or utilize the combined capacity of the diesel engine: 283 hp (211 kW) and 640 N·m (472 lb-ft) of torque.
In the default hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are down to just 48 g/km. This corresponds to fuel consumption of 1.8 liters/100 km (131 mpg US) on the NEDC certification driving cycle for hybrids.