By: Lisa Harper
Volvo has announced the much-anticipated plug-in hybrid version of its award-winning compact SUV, the XC40. Offering the same style and sophistication the original model received such praise for, the plug-in variant also offers more eco-friendly and cost-effective motoring.
Featuring Volvo’s T5 Twin engine the XC40 plug-in hybrid has a claimed fuel economy of 141mpg and an all-electric range just short of 30 miles.
The engine is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, a 10.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor. This delivers a combined output of 258bhp, making the plug-in hybrid engine the most powerful engine in the XC40 range.
Power is delivered to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A top speed of 127mph is possible, with 0-62mph achievable in just 7.3 seconds.
When it comes to eco-credentials, the new XC40 plug-in hybrid will emit just 38g/km CO2 and will be capable of 28.6 miles on electric power alone.
As standard, the car will come with a 4.5m three-pin domestic charging cable, which will provide a full charge within three-and-a-half to six hours. However, a fast-charging cable will be available to purchase separately and will charge the car to full power within two-and-a-half hours at a commercial fast-charge-point.
The new plug-in hybrid XC40 will be available in four exquisitely equipped trims. Every model will come with Volvo’s 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle and trademark nine-inch portrait infotainment screen to deliver the connectivity so many car buyers now crave.
Entry-level R-Design models will offer plenty of sports styling thanks to stylish 19” alloys, LED headlights, mesh grille, privacy glass, leather and Nubuck upholstery, a sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals.
R-Design Pro models will offer larger 20-inch alloy wheels, active LED headlights, a heated windscreen, heated washer nozzles and headlight washer jets. While inside will benefit from electrically adjustable and heated front seats with memory function.
Volvo’s ‘luxury’ tirm option Inscription will benefit from chrome trim, a power-operated tailgate, full leather upholstery, cream headlining, a stylish three-spoke steering wheel and wooden dash inlays.
While the Inscription Pro model will add similar extras as the R-Design Pro model like larger alloys and convenience boosting technologies.
As to be expected, the new XC40 T5 Twin Engine won't disappoint when it comes to safety. A comprehensive range of standard safety equipment, including lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, hill start assist and Volvo’s oncoming lane mitigation system will be available.
Deliveries of the brand new Volvo XC40 plug-in hybrid are due in February. If you can’t wait, why not register your interest with your local Stoneacre Volvo branch?
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