Volvo will offer the 415hp plug-in hybrid powertrain with the 2020 XC60 and V60 models for the 2020 model year, which are set to hit the US market this summer.
The new range-topping versions will get the ‘Polestar Engineered’ treatment that debuted in the 2019 S60 and which presents a range of upgrades to improve the handling and the agility of the 2020 XC60 and V60.
Among them is the optimized powertrain software that provides “faster access to torque”, as well as a rear-biased all-wheel drive system. The T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain combines a twincharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a rear-mounted electric motor for a combined 415hp and 494lb-ft of torque.
The two new performance versions of the Volvo XC60 and V60 also ride on special Öhlins suspension that features a dual flow valve technology in the struts for quicker responses to road imperfections, while the chassis also comes with an Öhlins front strut bar for better precision.
The braking system gets six-piston calipers finished in Polestar’s trademark gold color, hiding behind a set of model-specific lightweight forged alloy wheels. The two new Polestar Engineered models also come with black chrome tail pipes, a high-gloss black grille, subtle fender extensions and the necessary ‘Polestar Engineered’ badges front and rear.
Inside the cabin a set of gold safety belts provide a contrast to the charcoal color scheme. Metal mesh aluminum details, Nappa leather/textile upholstery and a sport steering wheel are among the rest of the changes.
We still don’t know if the new 2020 XC60 and V60 Polestar Engineered models are going to be offered for an outright purchase – the 2019 S60 Polestar Engineered was limited to 20 units and offered through subscription only. We contacted Volvo and we’ll update once we hear back.