Polestar upgrades the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid

Article by Christian A., on August 14, 2014

Although the idea of a powerful plug-in hybrid car is something new, that didn’t stop Polestar to take a closer look at the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid. For those who don’t know, this model uses a 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine that generates 215 hp and 440 Nm of torque, as well as an electric motor with 68 hp and 200 Nm.

Thanks to a new optimization, the diesel engine was received an extra 15 hp and 30 Nm of torque, which means that the total output delivered by the hybrid system is now 298 hp and 670 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds.

Despite the power increase, fuel consumptions remains the same: 1.8 l/100 km, which translates into 48 g/km CO2 emissions. What’s more interesting is that Polestar Performance is installed by a Volvo dealer with retained Volvo warranty.

”The Polestar optimisation for the V60 D6 combines a strong fuel economy with performance. We are happy to be able to offer the Volvo customers with more driving pleasure in combination with the latest hybrid technology, a very interesting area for the future,” said Hans Baath, marketing director for Polestar.

The carmaker is also planning to launch the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid through its "electrifying" presence in high profile places like Stockholm, London and Berlin – thereby showing off the car where target customers are residing.

According to surveys, the main target group for the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid includes people who are willing to delve into unique new technology. The new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is perfect for customers who still desire the usual traits of a modern luxury vehicle but have the heart for the environment. Volvo Car expects company cars or fleets to account for 80 percent of total sales of the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

For those who would purchase the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, they would receive a starter pack from Swedish power provider Vattenfall that includes 100 percent renewable electricity and a wall-mounted charging station. This starter pack will be offered in Sweden, Germany and Netherlands, all of which are Vattenfall's core markets.

Stefan Jacoby quipped that neither the businesses nor society could take on climate changes single-handedly. Thus, while it is the mission of the Volvo Car Corp. to develop cars with minimum carbon dioxide emissions, the society as a whole has the duty to create a sustainable future. He remarked that the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid project shows how collaboration between experts from different worlds could lead to a switch from carbon dioxide-lean products to a climate-smart lifestyle.

Models with automatic transmission come with three-spoke steering wheels with paddle shifters, thereby transforming the gearbox into a manual version that allow drivers to shift gears without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. These paddle shifters provide the driver an extra edge, especially when maneuvering on twisty roads. And for the added comfort of drivers in Sweden and other cold countries, the steering wheel can also be specified with heating for increased comfort on cold winter days.

The vehicle could come with new Active High Beam Control that allows for a safer and more comfortable drive at night. With the Active High Beam Control, there is no need for the driver to manually switch between low and high beam, since the technology allows the headlights to be on full beam continuously. When an oncoming car is detected, Active High Beam Control shades out part of the beam as necessary, thereby preventing glare against the oncoming driver, as made possible by an ingenious projector module mechanism integrated into the headlights.

In addition, customers could avail of the optional low-speed Cornering Light feature, which is essentially an extension of the current Active Bending Light system. The Cornering Light system lights up the area where the vehicle is being steered for a safer maneuvering at night.

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