After introducing mild hybrid technology for the XC90 and XC60 SUVs in 2019 in select markets, and extending the reach of its 48-volt system to other “60” and “90” models last year, Volvo will finally bring the groupsets electrified powertrains in the United States. According to a new report, the S60, XC60, S90 and V90 Cross Country will all benefit from mild hybrid technology for the 2022 model year.
Car and driver reports that the previous T5 and T6 non-hybrid powertrains for these models will be replaced by the newer B5 and B6 engines which still use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a turbocharger or a combination of a turbocharger and supercharger. With the electrified mount, according to available EPA ratings, the city’s fuel mileage of said cars will improve between one and three miles per gallon.
There is no detailed information on engine power yet, but in the European market both turbocharged and turbocharged and supercharged versions have lost a few ponies with the integration of the new 48-volt electrical system. Of course, a direct comparison between the two regions should not be made as there are different emission standards in North America and Europe.
Interestingly, according to Car and driverAccording to the report, it looks like the XC40, XC90 and V60 Cross Country are unlikely to receive the new, more economical powertrains. Whether it’s too early for them to appear in the EPA’s listings or whether Volvo has actually decided to continue selling them with the non-hybrid versions of the 2.0-liter engine remains to be seen.
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Finally, the XC90, Volvo’s flagship vehicle, will receive an all-electric version when the next-gen model arrives at some point next year. The Swedish company will electrify its entire lineup over the next decade and the big SUV will play a major role in the strategy with mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains.