The new model will be the first locally manufactured plug-in hybrid in China at Volvo Cars’ Chengdu Plant.
Under the hood is the company’s T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a Drive-E 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine assisted by a 50kW electric motor that is mounted on the rear axle. The engine provides 238hp and 350Nm of torque and when combined with the electric motor’s 68hp and 200Nm, the system is capable of providing an output of 306hp and 550Nm.
As a true hybrid, the S60L is also capable of running on pure electricity alone with the 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack providing a range of 53km. The battery pack can be recharged using a 230V/6A, 10A, or 16A power outlet and will take where a full charge is achieved in 7.5 (6A), 4.5 (10A), and 3.5 (16A) hours respectively.
The Volvo S60L T6 Twin Engine now joins the XC90 T8 and V60 D5 Twin Engine in the company’s plug-in hybrid line-up. However, the S60L will first go on sale in the China market while the V60 D5/D6 is sold in the European market. The XC90 T8 is the company’s global market plug-in hybrid vehicle.