Volvo Cars Launches India’s first plug-in hybrid SUV: XC90 T8 Excellence


  • High fuel efficiency, Powerful 407hp with Zero emission for up to 40 km daily
  • The most luxurious Volvo ever
  • India’s first car equipped with Radar based Safety

Accelerating innovation in the industry, Volvo Auto India launched the first plug-In hybrid SUV in the country, the XC90 T8 Excellence. This latest model is the most luxurious ever in the 89 years of Volvo’s history. XC90 T8 Excellence is based on the globally acclaimed and awarded SUV XC90; it further reinforces the company’s credentials as a Swedish luxury car brand.

The XC90 T8 petrol engine is a no compromise equation of power and high fuel efficiency, coupled with World-class low emissions in a four seat luxury SUV.

The XC90 T8 is the world’s cleanest 7-seater SUV that delivers 49 g/km CO2 backed with an electric range of up to 40km which is more than the average run for most customers.

Quick facts

  • Ex-showroom Delhi: INR 1.25 Crores
  • Power train: 407 hp and 640 Nm torque
  • Emissions: 49 g/km (may vary as per Indian cycle)
  • Orrefors Crystal Gearknob and Champagne Flutes
  • 20 speaker Premium Sound audio by

“The XC90 T8 Excellence sets industry benchmarks for environment friendly efficiency and emissions while enveloping customers in first-class Swedish luxury. It is not only a segment-first but India’s first plug-in hybrid SUV and we see a lot of interest from our more affluent customers, who prefer to experience ‘responsible’ luxury,” said Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India.



The award winning XC90 T8 Excellence Plug-in hybrid powertrain offers three distinct driving modes – Pure, Hybrid and Power. The car is built on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine is both supercharged and turbocharged and delivers 320hp along with the electric motor delivering 87hp, the collective 407hp and 640 Nm of torque is best-in-class. With instant torque the SUV clocks 0-100 kmph in 5.6 seconds.

The drive modes can be selected by a touch on the centre console:

Pure: In this mode, when the high-voltage battery is fully charged, it serves as the car’s sole energy source, powering the electric motor over the rear axle. The XC90 T8 has an all-electric range of up to 40km sufficient requirement for most customers daily, in the electric range the emission is zero. It also has regenerative braking system; this mode is super-efficient in the stop-and-go traffic of city environments. If more power is needed, the petrol combustion engine starts up automatically.

Hybrid: This is the default mode, suitable for everyday use. Here, the vehicle will automatically alternate between drawing power from the Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the best overall fuel consumption and an unmatched segment best CO2 of 49g/km (European Cycle)

Power: Here, drivers get the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor. The SUV takes advantage of the electric motor’s superior response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, equivalent to that of a large displacement engine like the V8. In power mode the priority is on Performance and Response

The Most Luxurious Volvo ever:

Termed as ‘first class luxury‘, it is a rolling palace of opulence. The Excellence interiors boasts of materials made from finest quality to enhance your limousine experience in true Scandinavian style.

The interiors XC90 T8 Excellence is embellished with extended leather-covered surfacing, finest quality Nappa leather upholstery and hand-crafted crystal glasses and gear-knob, from the famous Swedish glass maker Orrefors. The massage functions in all seats adds to the already comfortable ride and the glass behind the rear seat blocks the noise from outside and gives a serene experience. Designed meticulously, the battery is centrally in the tunnel of the car so that no boot space is lost.

XC90 Excellence passengers will experience an unparalleled surround sound with Bowers & Wilkins audio system that adds an extra speaker to its 19 speaker system, resulting in unrivalled high fidelity sound reproduction and surround effect.

The XC90 T8 Excellence maintains the iconic designing of the standard XC90 with the arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. The Excellence comes with bright décor door cappings, dual integrated tail pipes with a panoramic sun roof with power operation, together with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights.

India’s first car with radar equipped safety:

The safest SUV in its segment just became safer.

The recent delicensing of certain frequencies of radar enables us to introduce our Radar based safety features in India. The Excellence is equipped with 360 degrees radar and inputs from camera activates an array of pre-emptive safety functions.

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Collision Warning with full auto-braking for Pedestrians, Cyclists, other vehicles and large animals
  • Blind-spot detection with Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Collision Warning
  • Park Pilot Assist

Apart from the radar-based safety the car is equipped with a strong safety cage, seat-belt pre-tensioners, World-first Run Off-road Protection system, Side Impact protection and Whiplash protection. In all it is the safest SUV in its segment with a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating.


Reinforcing the Swedish love of fresh air, the XC90 Excellence also comes with an integrated ionic air cleaner in the CleanZone climate system. The ionic air cleaner works by positively charging electrons in airborne particles (dust or smoke for example) so they are removed from suspension in the cabin environment restricting particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 by upto 95%.

Charging Station:

Volvo supports fuel efficiency and offers two charging stations included in the price of the T8 Excellence. These charging stations installed by Volvo experts at locations of customer choice and can charge the car within 2.5 hours.  If the charging stations are installed at home and office then it provides upto  80km per day of emissions–free driving.

Other features:

  • Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System with 20 speakers
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Air Suspension for all 4 wheels
  • Individual 4-seats in Nappa leather with 6-way adjustable
  • Perforated heating/cooling and massage functions in all seats
  • 3” instrumentation cluster; 9” centre touch screen; 4.3” Rear touch screen (for seat functions)
  • Tyres with noise cancellation technology
  • Orrefors crystal gear-knob and cutlery

Price – INR 1.25 Crores (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)