When it comes to plug-in hybrids, Volvo is the only automaker currently pairing electric motors and diesel engines in a production car, and they apparently like that combination. The Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine is next in line for a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and while its acceleration might not be awe-inspiring, it will offer some heady MPGs.
I’m personally a big fan of the Volvo Twin Engine drivetrain, especially in the 400 horsepower plug-in XC90 SUV, though it’s been turnt down quite a bit to fit into the V60 sedan. Total output is only around 230 horsepower, with the diesel engine offering just 161 ponies of motivation, with the remainder made up by a single electric motor. 0 to 60 MPH takes about 9 seconds, though a 35-mile/50 km all-electric driving range will help the wagon conserve fuel in city driving.
An 11.2 kWh battery pack juices the motor, similar to the battery found in a gas-powered version of the V60 PHEV, which has become Europe’s best-selling premium plug-in hybrid. Volvo could use another hit like that, and even though many European governments are turning away from diesel right now, consumers are still into the extra efficiency offered by oil burners. Specific fuel economy hasn’t been mentioned, but expect it to be up there.
Just don’t expect a diesel Volvo in U.S. showrooms anytime soon. This is probably a Euro-only sort of deal.