Packaged into the V60 wagon, the diesel hybrid packs a combination of two distinct drivetrains that so far no automaker in the industry has dared to attempt. Volvo (the caravan’s best friend) however, thinks that they’ve come up with a design that can allow the two to work separately or in conjunction with one another.
Combine the torque and eco-friendliness from a diesel engine with the instant power of an electric motor and you’ll have one ultimate driving machine. Up front is a 2.4-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel with 215 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, while a 70-horsepower electric motor with a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack twists the Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD).
At the touch of a button, the V60 hybrid can operate in Pure mode as an EV with a 32-mile range on electric power alone. In Hybrid mode, it emits less than 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer with a 746-mile range, and in Power mode, the powerplant acts as a boosted torque monster with a combined output at 472 lb-ft of twist for a 6.9-second sprint to 62 miles per hour.