Suburban Sleeper - 2018 Volvo XC60 Plug-In Packs 400 Horsepower
Could This Be The Ultimate Sleeper SUV?
Crossovers are admittedly on the periphery of the Truck Trend Network’s wheelhouse, and we give them their due as one of the fastest-growing segments in the new car market. Most of us on staff, and most of you reading are more into Tahoes, Wranglers, 707hp Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawks, and the like. Every now and then, something comes across our radar that wouldn’t normally warrant our attention, aside from the fact it’s packing an inordinate amount of power under its hood and in its battery pack. One such example is the 400hp 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine. If you encounter one of these in the wild, keep an eye out for a door on the driver-side front fender. If you see this telltale sign, be forewarned: this Swede is packing some heat.
The powertrain itself is not exactly new. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain debuted in 2016 in the larger, heavier XC90 model. Even carrying a not-insubstantial weight of more than 5,000 pounds, Motor Trend recorded a 5-second flat 0-60 time. Subtract several hundred pounds from that weight, and you’re looking at a mid-4-second midsize crossover.
Of course, Volvo being Volvo, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about the safety systems on the ’18 XC60, including a new Oncoming Lane Mitigation collision avoidance system, blind spot indication system with steering assist, and Volvo’s new Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving mode. All well and good, but we’re into the hot rod hybrid powertrain. Expect the XC60 T8 in showrooms this fall.