Volvo Car Group unveiled its latest petrol plug-in hybrid S60L in the on-going Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2014. The first look of S60L was already anticipated, as the automaker announced its revelation before the event started.
S60L is an upgraded version of Volvo S60 sedan and encloses a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine having an electric motor and 11.2 kWh lithium ion battery pack, that put it under PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) category. The engine generates around 306 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque. In addition to that, the engine is accompanied by an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a crankshaft-driven Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) between engine and transmission.
Among the foremost specialties of the new Volvo S60L are its great fuel economy and low carbon emissions. As per the European manufacturer, S60L emits just 50g/km in a default hybrid mode, while the fuel consumption is stated as 2.0 liter per 100km. The driver would have the ability to choose either to cover 50 km using electric power only, or drive using the petrol turbo engine and electric motor, collectively.
Besides Volvo S60L, there were other hybrid concepts and production models at Beijing auto show, inspiring the audiences. They included Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid car, Honda Concept B and Audi TT offroad. The new S60L would feature an instant all-wheel drive system, which distributes the power between petrol-driven front wheels and electrically driven rear wheels, just with the touch of a button.
The design of S60L covers all the aspects of a stylish luxury sedan. The unveiled concept has a matt white crystal pearl exterior coating with black or blue details on the lower side of the body and wheels. Talking about interior, car features hazel-brown leather with chrome detailing and blond color theme.
This is the second hybrid from Volvo group in the past two years followed by Volvo V60 sports wagon, which was an unusual but a proficient hybrid vehicle. V60 was the first ever diesel plug-in hybrid that collected great appreciation in the European markets.