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Volvo has become the first manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid versions of its entire model range with the launch of its new PHEV – the XC40 Twin Engine.

Called the T5 Twin Engine, the XC40 makes use of a 178bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine with an 81bhp electric motor. This helps the car achieve a swift 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds, while still enabling impressive fuel economy and CO2 emission figures.

Speaking of which, the T5 can achieve 141.1mpg and emits just 38g/km. The car also has an all-electric range of up to 28.6 miles thanks to a 10.7kWh lithium-ion battery.

Kristian Elvefors, managing director of Volvo UK, said: “The introduction of the T5 Twin Engine brings our electrification programme to the heart of our model line-up, demonstrating our commitment to giving all our customers the best possible choice when it comes to powertrain that are both better for the environment and also practical for their lifestyles and driving requirements.

“The XC40 T5 Twin Engine is the first plug-in hybrid car in the premium compact SUV segment, and its technology brings real day-to-day cost benefits in terms of tax and fuel consumption.”

The powertrain is available in R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription and Inscription Pro trim levels. Priced from £40,905, UK deliveries are set to begin in February 2020.

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September 11, 2019

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