Volvo Boosting Horsepower to 2020 Electrified Line

July 1, 2019

Volvo is adding some muscle to its lineup with a 415hp plug-in electric SUV and crossover wagon for 2020.

Announced in a recent press release, the Swedish car maker will add variants of its award-winning XC60 mid-sized SUV and all-new V60 mid-sized wagon to the 2020 line-up within the “Polestar Engineered” trim. The powertrain software has been updated and optimized to provide faster access to torque as well as focusing additional power to the rear wheels. The optimization package allows the T8 Twin Engine PHEV to produce the advertised 415hp and an impressive 494 lb-ft of torque.

Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car USA, said that the reception to the product line has been tremendous and he expects the success to continue.

“The introduction of the new Polestar Engineered trim on the S60 sold out online in under an hour,” he said in the release. “Polestar Engineered modifications to the XC60 and V60 offer an additional dose of performance to an already powerful, responsive and efficient vehicle.”

The XC60 was named 2018 World Car of the Year and 2018 North American Utility of the Year and the Polestar Engineered trim debuted on the 2019 S60.

According to its release, Volvo partnered with Öhlins, a Swedish-based advanced suspension technology brand, to add enhanced suspension performance. The company pioneered a dual flow valve technology in the struts, which responds quickly to road imperfections. An Öhlins front strut bar increases the stiffness of the car’s body, allowing for more precise and responsive control.

Available in Summer 2019, the model year 2020 XC60 and V60 Polestar Engineered cars mirror enhancements found on the 2019 S60 T8 Polestar.

The current line of T8 Plug-in hybrids for Volvo currently all produce 400hp and vary in range from 59 MPGe to 71 MPGe with a price ranging between $39,800 for the XC60 to $47,700 for the XC90.

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