Volvo’s V60 Diesel-Hybrid Now Available With R-Design

The Volvo V60 diesel-hybrid is now also available in Volvo Cars’ R-Design version.

The Swedish company stated its Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is one of the best-selling hybrid-electrified vehicles in Europe in 2013.

“We sold almost 8,000 plug-in hybrids in 2013. Adding the R-Design dynamic attributes to the V60 Plug-in Hybrid – the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid -  will give its attractiveness another boost. The customer gets segment-topping performance combined with outstanding efficiency,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design version adds interior and exterior features that create a sporty presence. The exterior blends the Plug-in Hybrid identification with the R-Design front, rear diffuser and 18-inch ‘Ixion’ wheels.

Volvo added inside, the car comes with a full R-Design interior design. Sport seats, featuring a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather, are standard. The car retains the special plug-in hybrid instrumentation and information.

V60 Diesel-Hybrid Powertrain

The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbodiesel producing 215 horsepower. The car has a six-speed automatic transmission.

The rear axle is powered by an electric motor producing 68 horsepower. It is combined to a 11.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack placed under the floor of the load compartment.

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Volvo explained the driver selects the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power. At the touch of a button the driver can choose to cover up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) on pure electric power – or utilize the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor for a 283 horsepower sports car.

Volvo has not yet confirmed if or when this version of the V60 will make its way to North America.

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