For years, Volvo has been known for its many innovations. Today, the luxury automaker has made its exceptional luxury SUVs more fuel-efficient with its hybrid SUVs models. Today, Volvo offers a hybrid version of both the XC60 and its XC90 luxury SUVs.

A Top Combination of Performance and Fuel Efficiency

Volvo's hybrid technology pairs a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine along with an 87 horsepower electric motor to create one of the most advanced hybrid systems in the world. The total system output on the hybrid engine is 400 horsepower. This gives the XC60 a fuel economy rating of 26 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. With the XC90 model, the hybrid system offers 28 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway—perfect for your commute from Minnetonka to Eden Prairie.

How the Hybrid Engine Works

The gas-powered engine provides power to the front wheels while the electric motor provides power to the rear wheels. With the electric motor, the hybrid system can accelerate up to 31 miles per hour. This makes electric driving ideal for those quick commutes around Golden Valley and St. Paul. For those who want to combine performance with fuel efficiency, the driver can select hybrid mode to generate power from both the gas and the electric engine. When the driver wants maximum power, he can select the Power mode from the driver select system.

Other Notable Features of the Hybrid-Powered Volvo SUVs

Volvo hybrid SUVs are also able to activate the vehicle's all-wheel-drive system to ensure traction during slippery conditions. During daily drives, the systems Start/Stop function will help increase fuel efficiency. Finally, eight-speed Geartronic Automatic Transmission will work to create seamless shifts through the SUV's eight gears.

The Future of Hybrid

More and more drivers are looking at hybrid technology to get more from their fuel consumption. As Volvo continues to innovate its hybrid technology, they should be able to gain a greater share of the luxury hybrid market.

If you would like to take a test drive of a brand new Volvo hybrid SUV, please contact Borton Volvo Cars in Minneapolis today.

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