In the not-so-distant past, most large luxury cars were powered by hefty eight-cylinder engines. Those throaty, meat-mashing powerplants ate pavement and shat attitude. When a driver pushed the pedal, petrol flowed and torque pulled. The day of the V8 is waning as manufacturers strive to meet emissions and fuel efficiency mandates around the world.
A Brief Introduction
The Volvo Group is known for manufacturing coupes, saloons, and estates that are among the safest in the world. This focus on occupant safety has often led Volvo down design paths that have been functional, but not very appealing to the eye. It has also caused the company to have a tendency toward engines built for long trips instead of excitement.
Volvo has a stellar reputation for the safety and long-term reliability of its vehicles. The automaker’s history is full of success after success. One such success is the XC90 crossover; but, as we all know, success in one area does not guarantee success in another. One potential case in point may be Volvo’s attempt to convert a three-row crossover into a plug-in hybrid. It should be simple, right? All Volvo has to do is remove the driveshaft and differential from a XC90 T6, opting for an electric motor and batteries in their place. What could be easier?