A Small Volvo XC40 SUV Got A Plug-In Hybrid Version

Volvo has launched the plug-in hybrid XC40 as part of the brand’s strategy for electrifying the model range until 2025. The fully electric version of the Volvo XC40 compact crossover will join the lineup of the brand next year, the Motor1 reports.

The car is equipped with an innovative Volvo’s hybrid system – T5 Twin Engine. Speaking at the Beijing Motor Show, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced the company’s goal: 50 percent of sales to be EVs by 2025.

The XC40 is built on a new modular platform targeted to electric propulsion. Details of the latter has not yet been confirmed, probably, as on other Volvo SUVs, a petrol engine in front will power front wheels and an electric motor located in the back of the car – the rear ones, making four-wheel drive.

The motor on the hybrid XC40 will probably be smaller than the 2.0-liter unit installed on the XC60 and XC90.

The latest version of the XC40 is presented at the Beijing Motor Show. At a recent Auto Show in Geneva in March the crossover was announced the ‘European Car of the Year’. The company confirmed that 60,000 orders were received for a new car around the world.