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Volvo SA Recharging! Hybrid XC60 T8 sales sparking

VOLVO’S XC60 T8 Recharge plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive units have reached South Africa to join the growing tide of battery-cars across South Africa.

The Swedish automaker sees the arrival as “another important addition in our drive towards electrification”.

“The Recharge,” Volvo SA pointed out, “is parked at the top of the recently refreshed XC60 range – above the B5 and B6 mild-hybrid variants – in distinctive R-Design guise and luxury Inscription with tags starting at R1 218 900.”


The powertrain hooks together the Scandinavian company’s 233kW/400Nm turbo- and super-charged two-litre petrol engine, a 107kW/309Nm electric motor on the rear axle, and an 18.8kWh (gross capacity) lithium-ion battery/charging cable.

The battery is said to be good, alone, for about 80km;, a combined fuel consumption of 1.6l/100km and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.8sec thanks in part to an eight-speed Geartronic auto transmission.

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As with other derivatives in the XC60 range, the T8 Recharge will have Volvo’s latest Android-powered infotainment system – read Google apps and services that include the ability to prime the cabin for comfort without starting the engine, check the battery charge, and monitor electricity consumption.


Specification highlights, Volvo says, include a glass sunroof, heatable front seats, inductive smartphone charging, and 19″ alloy wheel rims. R-Design units gain “sporty”, model-specific, cabin and bodyshells.

The high-performance, low-emissions, powertrain comprises the Scandinavian company’s 233kW/400Nm turbo- and supercharged two-litre petrol engine, a 107kW/309Nm electric motor mounted on the rear axle, and an 18.8kWh (gross capacity) lithium-ion battery capable of receiving a charge via cable.

The result, Volvo says, is the best of both worlds: the latest version of Volvo’s popular mid-size SUV will have a pure electric range of about 80km, a combined fuel-consumption of 1.6 litres/100km, and 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds. Volvo’s Geartronic eight-speed auto transmission is standard.

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Greg Maruszewski, Volvo Car SA’s MD, said interest in battery vehicles was growing fast. “Globally, Recharge models accounted for 31.7% of Volvo vehicle sales in January 2022 – I expect a similar result in South Africa.”

The cars already have a five-star rating from Euro NCAP but are also available – either derivative – are Harman Kardon Premium sound, air suspension, and various wheel rims up to 22″ diameter, and points out that the cars’ arrival “is a further demonstration of our commitment to growing our electric range – the ultimate ambition being a fully-electric car company by 2030.”

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