Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid revealed at Detroit image

The Swedish based automaker Volvo has recently unveiled the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show.

After teasing it and revealing some technical specs ahead of its official debut, Volvo has finally revealed its latest creation, the eco-friendly XC60 Plug-in Hybrid, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. As you probably remember from previous articles on the model, the Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid is actually offering V8 performance from a four-cylinder engine which is offering an impressive average fuel consumption, combined to low CO2 emissions and the comfort on a mid-size crossover.

According to the car manufacturer, the new Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid is using the same technology as the V60 Plug-in Hybrid which is expected to go on sale later this year in Europe, but the V60 is actually less powerful. The eco-friendly crossover recently presented at NAIAS in Detroit is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine, which is developing a total output of 260 horsepower, helped on the way by an electric motor, with its 69 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque.

Volvo says that the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid can actually travel for up to 35 miles on electric power alone, which is an impressive achievement for a hybrid vehicle. The Volvo XC60 is returning 100 mpg in the European combined cycle while emitting just 53 g/km of CO2. Three driving modes will be available in the XC60, just like in the V60, the Pure, Hybrid and Power, and a two-stage braking system will also be available, which will initially slow the car, using the electric motor, before the mechanical brakes kick in.