Following the February 2022 release of the flagship Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge (see pricing here), Volvo South Africa has now introduced the XC90 T8 Recharge to local shores. Billed as the ‘most powerful’ XC90 to date, the flagship, plug-in hybrid variant is endowed with a similar PHEV arrangement as its midsize sibling. 

As a reminder, the PHEV powertrain comprises the Gothenburg-based firm’s turbo- and supercharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, which, here, is coupled to an electric motor. The four-cylinder internal combustion unit produces 233 kW and 400 Nm of torque, while the rear-mounted electric motor produces 107 kW and 309 Nm for a total power and torque outputs of 340 kW and 709 Nm. 

According to the Swedish car manufacturer, the electric range has been boosted, courtesy of a new long-range battery. The latter item features a third layer of cells. Nominal energy has increased from 11.6 kWh to 18.8 kWh to now provide an electric-only range of 77 km. 

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“The average premium car owner travels less than 50 km daily, so most local Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge plug-in hybrid drivers will be able to do their daily motoring on pure electric power,” said Volvo Car South Africa managing director Greg Maruszewski.

Volvo claims a fuel consumption figure of 7.2 L/100 km for the range-topping XC90. In terms of performance, the seven-seater SUV boasts a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 5.3 seconds. 

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Priced from R1 560 600, the XC90 T8 Recharge is available in a duo of trim levels, Inscription and R-Design. As standard, all models feature a maintenance plan and warranty of five years or 100 000 km and an eight-year/160 000 km warranty on the lithium-ion battery.