With all of the attention lavished on the 2016 Volvo XC90 and its plug-in hybrid option, the V60 D5 Twin Engine Special Edition serves as a reminder the SUV isn't the company's first go at a PHEV.
Announced ahead of this week's Geneva Motor Show, the D5 Twin Engine adopts the moniker used by the XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in that goes on sale this fall. Picking up from the first V60 Plug-In Hybrid, the D5 gets 50 kW from an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack mated to the D5 turbodiesel five-cylinder for a combined output of 230 horsepower.
In "Pure" mode, the V60 can be driven up to 50 km. In Hybrid mode, the car achieves 48 g/km of CO2 emissions, while in Power mode, the car uses all of its forces to get up to 100 km/h in 9 seconds, according to Volvo.
This Special Edition model will make up the first 500 units built this spring, before a non-Special Edition goes on sale later. These cars come with 19-inch wheels, Crystal White paint, "blond" leather sport seats and Piano Black interior trim.
The V60 Plug-In has been a success for Volvo, at around 10,000 units per year being sold in Europe. Unlike the XC90 T8, this iteration of the V60 PHEV won't be sold worldwide. But given Volvo's plan to hybridize all of its models that switch to the new modular platform, those of us who can't buy this Volvo wagon plug-in can look forward to one in a few years. And maybe some more information about this will come Tuesday at Volvo's Geneva presentation.