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The Volvo XC90 is easily the most appealing Volvo available in the country — it’s adequately powerful, looks brilliant, and drives well, too. But what will set it apart from its competition is the introduction of a hybrid powertrain. To be launched on September 14, the Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid will satiate both power-hungry and environment-conscious buyers.

Expected to be priced a smidgen above the Rs 1 crore mark, the XC90 T8 Hybrid will continue with the unmistakeable styling but will add hybrid wizardry underneath. Making a total of 407hp and 640Nm, the hybrid powertrain comprises a force-fed (supercharged and turbocharged) 2-litre petrol engine and a 65kW electric motor. The vehicle is all-wheel drive, with the engine powering the front runners while the electric motor takes care of power delivery at the rear.

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The electric range is said to be around 40 km, and since it’s a plug-in hybrid you’ll have the ability to charge it directly as well. And if you were wondering why the engine features both a turbocharger and a supercharge, well that’s because to minimise lag. The supercharger takes care of boosting power at low revs, while the turbo works a little higher in the rev range.

The headline figures include a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h. That makes it one of the quickest SUVs around, and with just 49g of CO2 emitted per km, it’s also one of the cleanest.