At the 2014 Auto China, Volvo presented the S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept. According to the official press release, this new concept car previews the S60L Petrol Plug-in Hybrid that will be launched in China in 2015 and will be built at the Chengdu plant.
Powering this concept is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 238 hp and 350 Nm of torque as well as an electric motor that delivers an extra 68 hp and 200 Nm of torque.
This means that the total output delivered by the S60L PPHEV Concept is 306 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Using an 8-speed automatic transmission, the concept car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds. Moreover, the vehicle has a fuel consumption of just 2.0 l/100 km, while the carbon dioxide emissions are about 50 g/km.
The electric motor takes its energy from the 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is located under the floor of the load compartment and offers a range of up to 50 km or 31 miles. Using both the petrol engine and the electric motor, the range is about 1,000 km or 621.3 miles.
Just like any other hybrid model, the S60L PPHEV Concept offers three driving modes: Pure, Hybrid or Power. The concept car can be recharged from a regular power outlet (230V/6A to 16A fuse) and a full charging with 10A takes about 4.5 hours, while a 16A charge drops to 4 hours.
In addition, Volvo offers the AWD button, which offers the exceptionally responsive electric four-wheel drive. Instead of the mechanical power transfer of conventional four-wheel drive, the central control unit distributes power between the petrol-driven front wheels and the electrically driven rear axle.
The matt white crystal pearl colour of the exterior is complemented by the contrasting black or blue details found on the lower body and the seven-spoke wheels. Inside, there is hazel-brown leather with contrasting stitching on the seats, steering wheel, instrument panel but also door panels.