Torn between the benefits of hybrid, diesel and electric cars?
Well, why not choose all three and go with the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid?
Volvo describes their new V60 as the most ingenious car in the world, putting its exclusive handful of drivers in a ‘league of their own’.
And looking at the Volvo V60’s range of features, we’d have to agree. It’s certainly hard to think of another production model with this level of versatility.
Three cars in one
This is new Volvo’s most eye-catching and impressive characteristic: just by flicking a switch, you can switch between three totally different driving experiences.
On Pure mode, the Volvo V60 runs solely on electricity, giving 32 emission-free miles.
In Hybrid mode, the electric motor and diesel engine work together to give minimal emissions. On its certification cycle, it produces just 49 grams of CO2 for every kilometre travelled, and covers 621 miles.
Power mode results in a more muscular drive, with the motor and engine combining at maximum output. The result is 215+70 horsepower, lightening-quick torque and an acceleration of 0-62 mph in just 6.2 seconds.
It’s so impressive that the V60 is the first Volvo to sport a D6 badge.
This unique three-in-one model comes from Volvo’s ambition to provide a luxury car for discerning customers that want everything: environmental performance, comfort and cutting-edge technology.
Smart battery system
Choosing the Save battery mode means that battery power will be conserved. This is useful if you know you will be entering an urban green zone, for instance.
Not only does it save enough battery power for a 12.5 mile journey, if necessary the system can actually charge the battery using the V60’s high-tension alternator.
The Volvo V60 can be charged from a variety of outlets, both at home and at electric charging stations. A full-charge takes as little as 3.5 hours from a 16A outlet.
And if you want to step into a pre-warmed or cooled car at the start of your journey, the V60 can do that when it’s charging too, at the touch of a button.
Plus, this means that more battery power is available for driving.
Optional four-wheel drive
Again, you can effortlessly switch into four-wheel drive mode when you’re driving at up to 75 mph, and enjoy greater traction in tough conditions.
Because it can be switched on and off, it makes the Volvo V60 considerably more frugal and lower-emissioned than standard four-wheel drives.
Designed for a demanding audience, the interior of the Volvo V60 is upholstered in classic black leather, and finished with blue-grey wood inlays.
It’s packed with as-standard features like speed-dependent power steering, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, fore and rear parking sensors and Bluetooth connectivity.
The high performance entertainment system includes a 4x40W amp, eight speakers and a seven inch screen.
As Volvo’s first production version of it’s acclaimed plug-in hybrid concept, the V60 will have a limited 2013 run of just 1,000 vehicles being released across Europe.
The first of these cars will be released in November 2012, with a larger number coming on the market in 2014.
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