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.
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.