Volvo's Newest SUV Is Cleaner Than A Prius

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
volvos newest suv is cleaner than a prius

Volvo’s newest SUV, the 2015 XC90, will have a wide range of powertrain options, including a a twin-charged 4-cylinder engine making 400 horsepower, with fewer CO2 emissions than a Toyota Prius.

The range topping T8 (as it will be known – presumably to symbolize V8 power) will make 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque from a 4-cylinder engine that is both turbocharged and supercharged. The T8 will also utilize a plug-in hybrid system to give it 24 miles of electric range and CO2 emissions of 60 grams per kilometer – about 33 percent better than a Toyota Prius.

Also on tap are two non-hybrid four-cylinder engines, a T6 four-cylinder making 320 hp and a T5 unit making 254 hp. Two diesels will be offered as well, but likely for world markets.

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jul 08, 2014

    "Nuclear, hydro, and geothermal are emission free..." So mining Uranium and processing it for use in a nuke plant doesn't emit anything? Dams just appear by snapping one's fingers? There's so much misinformation in the green movement that it would take an encyclopedia to document it all.

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    • Luke42 Luke42 on Jul 08, 2014

      @cartunez It depends on which part of the green crowd you listen to. I've actually done the analysis, and the standard green wish-list is mostly a win. FormerFF posted it, so I don't have to. On the other hand, there are plenty of idiots in the green crowd, and I'm happy to call them out becaus I'm an engineer before I'm an environmentalist. I consider environmental impact to be another design constraint - and an interesting one. Anyway, judging movements by their most idiotic members is a game that none of us can win.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jul 08, 2014

    So is this a new XC90 or just a rehash of the 2003 platform? Additional: While idea of getting 400hp out of any I4 is certainly impressive, turbocharging and supercharging a 2.0 litre or so sounds like a prescription for permanent shop queen status. You've got almost nothing appealing left Volvo, going to torpedo your half decent post MY04 reliability too?

  • Balreadysaid Balreadysaid on Jul 08, 2014

    Volvo just had to change the fuel filter assembly location on the 240d wagon and they would be way better off!

  • Felis Concolor Felis Concolor on Jul 09, 2014

    I don't give a damn about the car, but I'd like to see that engine offered as a crate motor SKU, complete with controller and wiring harness.