Volvo says it “underestimated” how popular its XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV would be but in light of popular demand, all future models will offer hybrid variants.
These, said Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor to Auto Express, could be offered at all price levels, not just top level.
A Volvo spokesperson followed up with further clarification.
“As with XC90 the intention is that it is kept at the upper end of each model, but if it was to be something that grows considerably, we could do it across every model,” said the spokesman.
Connor conceded Volvo was caught by surprise over the XC90’s market reception.
“We were planning on a three-five per cent take rate of this model,” he said. “But our current rate on sold orders is over 20 per cent. We underestimated it.”
The news itself comes as less than a surprise as Volvo, now controlled by Geely, has been gearing up with new hybrid compatible engines for several years.
This general direction has been in the works, so the real news is it’s being quite encouraged, and may hasten plans it’s had in the back of its mind all along.