There’s no doubt about it, plug-in cars, particularly diesel-electric plug-in hybrids, hit the Geneva Motor Show en masse. Yet another model was the Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition (that’s a mouthful), a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid.
The Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid went on sale back in 2012, and it has sold quite well in Europe, but the special edition model changes things up a bit. “The new car will take the established Volvo Cars plug-in hybrid solution to a wider audience,” Volvo writes.
“We were the first car maker to develop and produce a diesel-based plug-in hybrid powertrain with the launch of the V60 D6 in 2012. Since then we have been working on further refining our innovative approach to electrification and hybrid powertrains, as can be seen in our brand new XC90 T8 Twin Engine which is just entering full-scale production. With the launch of the V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition we are broadening our Twin Engine product range,” said Dr. Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrical and Electronics Systems Engineering at Volvo Car Group.
If you’re into knowing some of the inner metrics, here’s what Volvo has to share: “The V60 D5 Twin Engine will deliver 120 kW via the combustion engine and about 50 kW from its 11.2 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack using the same proven configuration used in the V60 D6 Twin Engine. This translates to a maximum driveline power output of approximately 230 hp when the electric motor and diesel engine are working simultaneously.”
And some details on the exterior: “The Special Edition is delivered with Crystal White exterior paint, 19-inch wheels and glossy black exterior detailing. Inside, the car is equipped with a black headliner and piano black trim. The V60 D5 Special Edition will also feature the unique Blond sport seat upholstery with decorative white stitching as seen in our Volvo Ocean Race editions.”
There will only be 500 units built of the Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition. But a “regular” V60 D5 Twin Engine will hit the market more widely in the spring.
No word on pricing, range, or efficiency.