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Volvo Confirms 2014 US Re-Launch of V60; We Present a 2014 Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid First Drive Review

2014 Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid (along with the non-plug-in 2014 V60 R-Design wagon) made its US debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show.  And there s now confirmation direct from Volvo that the conventional (non plug-in) V60 wagon will be sold here in the states after a two-year hiatus.

The conventional V60 will return to the US in early 2014, so does that mean that the V60 plug-in will be sold in the US, too?  Speculation is that it may wind up here someday, perhaps in a slightly altered form.

2014 Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

If there s even a slight chance that the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid will end up of these shores, then the question of What s it drive like? is relevant.  So, here we turn to an overseas review of the updated 2014 V60 Plug-In Hybrid for a review of the vehicle that might someday show up on the lot of your nearest Volvo dealer.

The v60 plug-in features a 212-horsepower 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine, which directs 324 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels and a 69-hp, 147 pound-feet of torque electric motor driving the rears.  In this way, the V60 plug-in is what s commonly referred to as a through-the-road hybrid.

In electric-only mode the plug-in station wagon can cover up to 31 miles, but that s likely an optimistic number given a battery capacity of only 11.2 kWh, of which only 8 kWh is utilized.  The V60 plug-in hits up to 78 mph on electric-only power, but is rather frisky in hybrid mode.  The 0 to 60 mph dash can be accomplished in 5.8 seconds and top speed is listed at 143 mph.

Ok, so it s a performance machine, but how do the fuel economy figures look?  Volvo says the official fuel economy figure is 155.2 mpg (under Europe s NEDC cycle), but no buyer is likely to get that out in the real world.  As Autocar discovered, the V60 plug-in seems tuned with towards performance, not efficiency.

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  With that said, the V60 plug-in will easily return 32 mpg in hard urban driving in hybrid mode, a number that s quite respectable given the wagon s hefty curb weight of 4,400 pounds.

Provided it comes to the US, the real question is Should you buy one?   Autocar s answer to that question is basically no, but here s the magazine s complete response:

So does this rather special V60 make sense? Well, leaving apart the poor ride quality, even Volvo management admits that if you do a highish mileage this isn t the car for you. On a long motorway run, you re basically driving a diesel Volvo with a bit of a weight problem. But if you have that short city commute, travel into central London (no congestion charge) and like the sound of low benefit-in-kind charges, it s possible that the V60 could work for you.

However, for the vast majority of us that probably won t be the case, and even after the £5000 Plug-in Car Grant this is still a £43,775 ($66,512 US) car – nearly £5000 more than the most expensive non-hybrid D5 V60. That s reason enough to explain Volvo s cautious forecast of just 150 sales this year.

We d agree that with a price tag in the mid-$60,000 range, this plug-in wagon would be a difficult sell, but Volvo knows that.  If it shipped stateside, we re sure a price drop would come this way, too.

Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars

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