• Volvo is updating its plug-in-hybrid powertrain found in the 60- and 90-series models.
  • A more powerful electric motor and larger battery pack provide more horsepower and a longer electric driving range.
  • This applies to the S60, V60, S90, XC60, and XC90 Recharge models.

    UPDATE 3/14/22: Volvo has released U.S. details for the upgraded plug-in-hybrid powertrain. We have updated the story with EPA range estimates and a few other specs.

    Volvo released details about an updated version of its plug-in-hybrid powertrain a few months ago, and it appears that these upgrades will be reaching U.S.-market Volvo models in the near future. The S60, V60, S90, XC60, and XC90 PHEV models, which are called Recharge in Volvo-speak, will benefit from a more powerful electric motor and a larger battery pack. Total horsepower will increase to 455 hp and total torque will rise to 523 pound-feet. The hybrids' EPA-estimated electric driving range will also increase significantly, by between 16 and 19 miles depending on model.

    The combination of a turbocharged and supercharged turbo 2.0-liter engine and an electric motor previously produced 400 horsepower in these hybrids (or 415 hp in the V60 Polestar Engineered), and the extra grunt is courtesy of a more powerful electric motor. The battery increases from a total energy capacity of 11.6 kWh to 18.8 kWh (Volvo hasn't provided the usable capacity of the new battery) and EPA-estimated electric-only range is expected to increase to 41 miles for the S60 and V60, 38 miles for the S90, and 35 miles for the XC60 and XC90.

    The Recharge hybrid models also gain different programming for the regenerative braking that enables a one-pedal driving mode, along with updates to the gasoline engine said to provide more low-end power. Volvo will be using the "Extended Range" nomenclature to differentiate models with the updated powertrain, although we expect these models to replace the outgoing hybrids when they start arriving at U.S. dealerships.

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    This story was originally published January 19, 2022.

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