Volvo is expanding its global range of Twin Engine plug-in hybrids. It’s offering the XC90 T8 in markets around the world, the V60 D5 and D6 diesel hybrids in Europe, and now it’s introducing the S60L T6 Twin Engine in China.
Set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next week, Volvo’s latest Twin Engine model is based on the locally produced, long-wheelbase S60L. Its powertrain pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine driving 238 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels with a 50-kW electric motor (juiced by an 11.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack) kicking in another 68 hp and 147 lb-ft to the rear wheels. The new model would appear to be the production version of the S60L PPHEV showcased last year in Beijing.
It’ll drive for a good 33 miles on electric power alone, and with such green credentials, it qualifies in Shanghai for a license plate right out of the box instead of having to bid on one at auction. Combine those benefits with the extra space afforded by the S60L and Volvo’s got a compelling package on its hands. Shame it’ll only be offered for the time being in China and nowhere else.