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The XC90 T8 offers a combined 400 horsepower by way of a two-liter turbocharged and supercharged gas engine in front and an electric motor at the rear. Together they deliver an EPA-rated 53 MPGe, making the all-wheel-drive XC90 T8 the world's most powerful and efficient SUV.
The luxury SUV has five different driving modes that deliver a range of performance and efficiency-enhancing characteristics. Using either a scroll wheel on the centre console or a touchscreen on the dashboard, drivers can choose from:
Hybrid: This is the default mode, suitable for everyday use. Here, the vehicle will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2-litre, 4-cylinder Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the best overall fuel consumption.
Pure: In this mode, when the high-voltage battery is fully charged, it serves as the car's sole energy source, powering the electric motor over the rear axle. The XC90 T8 has a range of more than 40km using just electricity, which covers the total distance many people drive in one day. And thanks to the regenerative braking system, this mode is super-efficient in the stop-and-go traffic of city environments. If more power is needed, the Drive-E combustion engine starts up automatically.
Power: Here, drivers get the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor. On start-up, the SUV takes advantage of the electric motor's superior response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, equivalent to that of a large displacement engine like the V8.
AWD: This mode offers constant all-wheel drive on demand. The advantage of being able to select AWD manually is that the driver can use it when needed, or choose to save energy for later.
Save: If the battery is charged, this mode allows the driver to "freeze" the battery level and save it for later use with Pure Electric drive. On the other hand, if the battery is low, the driver can use the combustion engine to charge the battery to a certain level for later use with Pure Electric drive.
"It is an honor to receive this award from Green Car Journal for the XC90 T8," said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. "Volvo is committed to a vehicle electrification strategy that will make powerful and efficient plug-in hybrid powertrains available in more models, such as the S90 luxury sedan that goes on sale this year."
"The new Volvo XC90 T8 is a milestone luxury SUV offering the important features most desired by buyers who want it all," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "Its attractive new styling, welcome luxury appointments, seven passenger seating, and plug-in hybrid power deservedly earn its distinction as Green Car Journal's 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year™. "
The all-new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter for Volvo and sets a new standard for the luxury SUV segment. With exceptional comfort and ample trunk space, the XC90 easily seats seven and even includes an integrated child booster seat.
Developed from the ground up on Volvo's unique Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), it features a 316 horsepower, supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine featuring an EPA rating of 25 mpg highway, a tablet-like Sensus control system, and understated Scandinavian design.
With its full suite of IntelliSafe features and two more world firsts for safety, the all-new Volvo XC90 is also the safest Volvo ever.
"We at Volvo Cars are thrilled that the XC90 has received this distinct honor from the teams at Good Housekeeping and Car and Driver," said Lex Kerssemakers, president and CEO of Volvo Car USA. "It is further evidence that that XC90 is an outstanding choice in the highly competitive mid-size luxury SUV segment."
Kerssemakers accepted the award in Detroit at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
Good Housekeeping worked with Car and Driver to screen a preliminary list of the top 160 vehicles down to 41 across four categories: Compact, Sedan, Eco and Crossover. Then, the engineers from the Good Housekeeping Institute logged 2,000+ miles on real roads, assessing everything from performance, safety features, and family friendliness, to price, infotainment systems, usability, storage and intuitive design.
"Women control a large percentage of the car purchasing decision in their homes, yet no one can speak to them in a manner like Good Housekeeping can-backed by the trust, relatability, and expertise of the Good Housekeeping Institute," said Jane Francisco, Editor in Chief, Good Housekeeping. "Combined with Car and Driver's expertise in the auto sphere, our Best New Car Award provides our readers with information to find the perfect car to fit their needs."
The XC90 will be featured in the February issue of Good Housekeeping, on newsstands January 19.
To learn more about the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90, please visit Culver City Volvo.
XC90 SUV Presented With Three Awards at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
The seven-passenger XC90 was given a MotorWeek Driver's Choice award, named Best Family Car by the Midwest Automotive Press Association (MAMA), and was selected as a Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy (Premium Midsize Crossover/SUV) at separate media events here.
These additions bring to 26 the number of awards the XC90 has received this model year in the U.S., including Motor Trend's 2016 SUV of the Year and the 2016 North American Truck of the year. Globally, the XC90 has won more than 70 awards since being launched in July 2015.
"Volvo means 'I roll' in Latin, and we are really rolling," Kerssemakers said. "These awards come from experts we hold in the highest regard for their knowledge and understanding of what makes a good car, which is what makes each of them so valuable."
Designed and engineered from the ground up, the XC90 is the first vehicle built on the Swedish car company's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will underpin many new products over the coming years, including the S90, which is scheduled to go on sale later this summer. A supercharged and turbocharged two-liter engine with 316-horsepower delivers an EPA-rated 25mpg on the highway.
The XC90 is equipped with Intellisafe, a suite of standard safety features and technologies that make it an IIHS Top Pick+. Sensus, Volvo's unique infotainment system, is controlled through a 9.3-inch tablet-like touch screen that allows drivers an incredible amount of personalization. Apple CarPlay is available now and Android Auto is coming soon.
|Good design is a way of life in Sweden, not a luxury. We start by working out what people need and what will make their lives easier. With the new Volvo XC90, we wanted to redefine the luxury SUV starting from the inside out. Because in Sweden, we find elegant solutions to complex problems.|