Volvo Announces U.S. Pricing of Range-Topping XC90 T8 Twin Engine
Plug-In Hybrid to Start at $68,100
Volvo announced pricing for its top-spec flagship, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine, and we’re pretty sure it’ll be the most expensive Volvo ever. Starting at $68,100 (plus $995 for destination and handling) for the T8 Twin Engine Momentum, the XC90 is reaching into a higher segment than it ever has before. Softening the blow somewhat will be the federal tax credit available for the plug-in hybrid T8, which the company estimates will be around $4,600, plus any applicable state tax incentives.
Every XC90 T8 model will also include high-level interior illumination, power front seats (including thigh supports), and a hand-blown Orrefors crystal gearshift. Stepping from the Momentum into the R-Design adds a piano-black front grille, front spoiler, matte-silver mirror caps and window trim, and twin integrated tailpipes. Inside, Nubuck and Nappa leather adorn the seats, while steering wheel shift paddles and a leather-wrapped steering wheel give more control over the vehicle. The R-Design starts at $70,000, plus destination.
At the very top, the T8 Twin Engine Inscription adds to or replaces the Momentum’s features with Linear wood inlays and Nappa leather covering the seats, dashboard, and door panels. Exterior chrome accents and mirror covers combine with a matte silver front grille. The Inscription will start at $71,600 plus destination.
That’s a lot of cash for something that is only available with a 2.0L I-4, but in the case of the XC90 T8, that engine is turbocharged and supercharged, and a plug-in hybrid system adds to the SUV’s power equation for a total system output of 394 hp, good for a 0-60 sprint of 5.7 seconds. Additionally, three drive modes (including a pure electric mode) help tailor the powertrain to the driver’s needs.
Many owners will be able to run their XC90s in electric mode for a majority of the time, as it can provide about 17 miles of gas-free driving on a full charge. That might not seem like much, but it’s well within some drivers’ daily needs. A hybrid drive mode optimizes both the gas engine and the electric motor for the most efficiency, while a power mode prioritizes vehicle performance but at the expense of some fuel economy.
Still, the prospect of a $70,000 Volvo is a tough pill to swallow for some. That kind of cash will get a few other seven-seat luxury SUVs, including a Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC, Range Rover Sport SE, or even a base Cadillac Escalade. None of those offer the XC90’s unique Swedish design or hybrid powertrain, but they’re compelling options nonetheless. For those who want to spend even more on an XC90, we recommend waiting for the upcoming T8 Twin Engine Excellence, from Auto Shanghai 2015.
If you absolutely must have the XC90 T8 Twin Engine, you’ve got a few months to scrounge for change and skip your morning latte to swing the down payment. The top-of-the-line XC90 will go on sale in the U.S. this fall, although the cheaper T6 will be available for test drives shortly, according to the company.