In 2010 Ford finally unloaded the last remnant of its Premier Automotive Group, Volvo, to Chinese-based Geely. Volvo is very much alive though, and forging ahead with plans for a V60 Hybrid that can switch between three driving modes.
The Volvo V60 Hybrid wagon is a sleeper of a different sort; it doesn’t scream “GREEN!” It looks like any other car on the road. Underneath that sheet metal though is a 2.4 liter five-cylinder turbo diesel engine mounted to a 70-horsepower electric motor powered by a 12 kWh battery pack. The diesel engine has 215 horsepower and 324 ft-lbs of torque, which when combined with the electric motor in “Power Mode” offers up to 472 ft-lbs of torque and a 6.9 second sprint to 60 mph. That’s pretty damn good for a diesel wagon.
As the Volvo V60 Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid, it can also run up to 32 miles in EV Mode on electricity alone. In Hybrid Mode,, this wagon boasts a nearly 750 mile range while emitting just 50 grams of CO2-per-kilometer, all while lugging around a big battery, all-wheel drive, and the bevy of safety features Volvo is well know for. The battery can be charged in as little as 3 hours, which for 32 miles of EV driving sounds pretty impressive. This vehicle seems like a natural progression of the Volvo ReCharge Concept unveiled last year.
I’m a fan of this little Volvo, and I do hope the Swedish carmaker puts it into production sooner rather then later. With the way gas prices are going, I’m sure a lot of families could use an efficient grocery getter.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMI’s. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.