2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription launched at Rs 96.65 lakh
27th Jun 2018 6:03 pm
Volvo's flagship SUV gets a seven-seat plug-in hybrid variant; claimed electric range pegged at 40 kilometres.
Remember the Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence? Of course you do. Not only was it was Volvo's first hybrid offering in India, the Excellence was a true luxury SUV; one with only four seats, retractable touchscreens for each rear passenger, a refrigerator, a crystal gearshift knob and more. Up until now, it was the only plug-in hybrid XC90 variant available in India, and at Rs 1.31 crore, it's a pretty pricey affair. Now, Volvo has introduced the XC90 T8 Inscription, which is essentially the standard, top-of-the-line seven-seat XC90 with a hybrid powertrain.
The XC90 T8's 'Twin Engine' setup pairs a 2.0-litre, turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 320hp with an 87hp electric motor. Total output stands at 407hp and 400Nm of torque and drive goes to all-four corners through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the engine powering the front wheels and the electric motor powering the rear. Volvo quotes a 0-100kph time of 5.8 seconds and an all-electric range of 40km for the T8.
The rest of the package is identical to the XC90 Inscription diesel. Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate control, a 19-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system, air suspension, a head-up display, ventilated front seats and Nappa leather upholstery to name a few. On the safety front, the T8 Inscription is equipped with seven airbags, collision avoidance, radar-based adaptive cruise control, city braking system and more.
Volvo has commenced local assembly of the XC90, in India, but it's only assembling the diesel variants here - the T8 continues to be shipped in as a CBU. That said, at Rs 96.65 lakh (ex-showroom), the T8 Inscription undercuts the T8 Excellence by over Rs 34 lakh, and is the only plug-in hybrid SUV at this price.
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