In what can be termed as a long term commitment to a cleaner future, Volvo Auto India has said that it will start local assembly of the XC90 plug-in hybrid. The Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid was launched two years ago and is the most premium variant of the XC90 available here. The Volvo XC90 Excellence price in India is Rs 1.31 crore, ex-showroom pan-India. Volvo offers the XC90 plug-in hybrid in only one trim. The local assembly will happen out of Volvo’s new plant in Bengaluru. Currently, the company rolls out the diesel XC90 from there.
How does the Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid local assembly affect me as a customer?
For starters, the SUV is being imported to the Indian market. This means a hefty duty tag, which in turn causes the price to be higher. Local assembly attracts lower taxes. This being a hybrid, will get an additional five per cent relaxation in duties too. The current price should see a small revision and this should enable Volvo to price the car more attractively. Volvo though will start local assembly of the T8 Inscription as well as Excellence only in late 2019.
The difference between the Inscription and Excellence is in the levels of luxury offered. The latter can seat only four including the driver but has far more opulence for the customer to indulge in. It has a privacy screen, individually adjustable seats for all passengers as well as a bigger boot space. The Inscription in the meanwhile is your regular seven seater SUV with a hybrid powertrain to boast.
Speaking of hybrid powertrain, the Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid brings in a 2.0-litre petrol engine that is both turbo- and supercharged.This internal combustion motor is good for 320PS of power. However, there is also a 87PS electric motor paired to this engine. The combined output hence works out to be 408PS while the peak torque rises to 400Nm. Power is directed to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. In all-electric mode, the Volvo XC90 can cover up to 40km while the 0-100kmph time is 5.8 seconds.
Any other plans aside from the Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid local assembly?
Yes. Volvo intends to eliminate the conventional powered engine. This means all Volvos that will be launched from 2020 will have some form of electrification to them. India will in fact receive four new plug-in hybrid models in the next three years. An all-new electric model will also be available soon after its international launch.