Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid could now be availed in R-Design specification. Customers can avail of the Volvo V60 D6 AWD R-Design Lux Nav starting at £51,675 (excluding a Plug-In Car Grant of £5,000) on-the-road. Deliveries are expected to start in August 2014.The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design features an exterior that marries the Plug-in Hybrid identity with the R-Design’s front bumper and grille, rear diffuser and 18-inch Ixion wheels.
V60 D6 AWD R-Design Lux Nav features a full R-Design cabin, fitted with sports seats complemented by a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather. The vehicle also features sports pedals, sports floor mats and charcoal headlining. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid also dons the special plug-in hybrid instrumentation and information.
Coming as standard on all Volvo V60 D6 AWD R-Design Lux Nav is the Volvo On Call telematic system, which enables users to use a free mobile app to access several functions and allows constant contact between the driver and the vehicle.
Volvo V60 D6 AWD R-Design Lux Nav’s front wheels are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbo-diesel that provides 215 hp and 440 Nm of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. On the hand, power to the rear wheels is supplied by an electric motor the provides 70 hp and 200 Nm of torque, as powered by a 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack fitted under the floor of the load compartment.
The driver could choose from driving modes as designated by three buttons: Pure, Hybrid (default) or Power. In the hybrid mode, the car’s carbon dioxide emissions are brought down to just 48g/km, which is equivalent to fuel consumption of 155.2 mpg as per NEDC certification driving cycle for hybrids.
The Pure mode allows the driver to travel up to 31 miles using just pure electric power. The Power mode enables the driver to harness the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor for 215+70 hp and 440+200 Nm of torque.
Volvo disclosed that when it came to the V40, the exterior was designed by none other than Chris Benjamin. He is presently the Design Director at the brand’s very own California studio located in Camarillo, which is in the north-west region of Los Angeles. In coming up with the design, Benjamin says that his goal was to have a car that would have wide shoulders, show a high tail, and display a wedge shape.
In essence, he shares, it is a sports wagon mixed with a coupe. The brand has long been successful when it comes to estates and even on certain classic coupes. Benjamin describes the V40 as a 3D piece of art, but one that you can drive. The wide and low high gloss grille is able to put focus on how sleek the exterior profile is for this model.
In addition, the grille also helps highlight the road characteristics of the V40. On the front section, particularly on the lower corners, one can see the daytime running lights which utilize LED. This allows the section to get that “blade design” look. LED is used as well in other areas of the V40 like the turn indicators on the door mirror, position lights in the rear, and the high position brake light in the rear.
Even the light for the rear number plate makes use of LED. Looking at the V40, there is no question that it is one of the most attractive Volvos given the sporty, sleek, and low appearance. The combination of the bonnet lines and the low roof results in the V40 having a look similar to a two-door car. It is important to remember that the V40 is actually a five-door hatchback that has the practicality and functionality the brand is known for. Talking about the roof, the one in the V40 is lower by 1.1 inches (29 mm) versus the C30.
The classic V-shaped bonnet is still there but this time reveals a bolder edging. From just at the back of the headlamps, one is likely to see the wide shoulders extend. These are sharp edged as well which mirrors the rising beltline. This then sweeps to the rear door’s end, resulting to that integrated “hook,” a design legacy that goes back to the P1800 coupé.