This spring Volvo will launch a lower powered version of the V60 plug-in hybrid that was launched last year.
The new entry-level trim will be equipped with D5 Twin Engine rather than the D6, which uses a 161bhp version of the 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine alonside the same 68bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels.
This equates to a total output of 228bhp, 57 less than in the D6 Twin Engine, but maintaining its 31-mile electric range.
Importantly, this model of the V60 PHEV will cost less, almost £4000 less. Volvo hopes this will broaden the vehicles appeal. Prices will start at around £36,500.
Dr. Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering at Volvo Car Group, said: “We were the first car maker to develop and produce a diesel-based plug-in hybrid powertrain with the launch of the V60 D6 in 2012.
“Since then we have been working on further refining our innovative approach to electrification and hybrid powertrains, as can be seen in our brand new XC90 T8 Twin Engine which is just entering full-scale production. With the launch of the V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition we are broadening our Twin Engine product range.”
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