Published on April 22nd, 2014 | by Jo Borrás


Volvo S60 Plug-In Hybrid Debuts In Beijing

April 22nd, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2.

2015 Volvo S60 Hybrid

Volvo gave its bread-and-butter S60 sedan a major update for 2014 already, what with visual updates the classed up the car’s headlights and the introduction of the small- but powerful!- Volvo Drive E engines. One thing we didn’t get for 2014, however, was a gas-electric hybrid … but Volvo is set to fill that gap in its product line with the car you see here: the new-for-2015 Volvo S60 Hybrid.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re reading this and saying, “Hey- Volvo already makes a hybrid, they just don’t sell it in the US.” The problem is that you’re only kinda right.

Volvo does, in fact, offer a plug-in hybrid version of its S60-based V60 wagon. That product is a huge seller in Europe, but it’s not a gasoline-electric hybrid- it’s a diesel. And, if you’re an OEM, you believe that diesel cars don’t sell in the US and, crucially, China. The Volvo S60 Hybrid shown here, then, isn’t a Europe-only diesel. It’s a 302 HP gas-fueled hybrid that will be old in China and, if all goes well, in the US by 2015.

The all-wheel-drive hybrid setup that Volvo is revealing in Beijing next week is similar in concept to the one shown last year in the company’s XC60 Hybrid Concept, with an internal-combustion engine powering the front wheels while an electric drive unit powers the rear. The setup allowed for serious acceleration in the heavier XC60 (0-60 in 5.8 seconds), and fits under the S60 well enough that Volvo included a picture of its new hybrid’s flat trunk …

2015 Volvo S60 Hybrid - Trunk

… which is a trick that, somehow, eluded Volvo’s former masters at Ford.

The 2015 Volvo S60 Hybrid is claimed to get fuel economy in the 2.0 liters/100 km range (115-ish MPGe). When you combine that with exhilarating acceleration, Apple’s new CarPlay, and Volvo’s industry-leading safety, and you gotta think Volvo has built themselves a winner.

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Source | Photos: Volvo

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  • Otis11

    To any car manufacturers out there – I, for one, would prefer the diesel hybrid.

  • Wayne Williamson

    Nice looking car…hope they do well.

  • Will E

    There is a full electric TESLA.
    That is a beauty.
    Volvo too late too little.

    • No way

      Not at all… It was the 7th most selling EV globally in 2013. There is plenty of room for many different kinds of EV’s since as you probably know the EV’s are still trying to reach 1% in sales in most places.

      This is a great car in any given situation with the benefit of also being an EV. And it has the second longest range on electricity of all PHEV’s I know of, only beaten by the compromise of a car that is the Chevy Volt.

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