So Iíve been looking for a replacement for our 2012 XC60 R-Design for a couple of years and my foray into electrification (2012 Chevy Volt replaced in 2016 with a Tesla Model S) had me hooked so I new it had to be either fully electric or a plug-in hybrid. I waited for the T8 XC60 only to be disappointed in the electric range (sub 20 miles) - but I loved the performance numbers.
On the flip side, Volvo was one of the few manufacturers to even offer a plug-in hybrid SUV so kudos to them for that Next year (in the U.S.) however, BMW will introduce their next gen of the X5 PHEV with what will likely be over 30 miles (EPA) of EV range. More impressively, Toyota just previewed the new Toyota RAV4 Prime at the LA Auto show, and are indicating it will have 300 HP, and a 39 mile EV range. Yes, it wonít be nearly as nice as an XC60, but honestly, one of the most ďluxuryĒ features a car can have is a smooth electric drivetrain and one thing life with a Volt taught me is that you would always like ďjust a bit moreĒ electric range. I also have to wonder if there will be a Lexus RX equivalent (not my favorite SUV, but they less a ton of them in the luxe SUV segment).
On top of all this, Californiaís state rebate will disappear for plug-in hybrids with less than 35 miles of range (admittedly, not that big of a deal given that it is also disappearing for cars over $60K).
Given that Volvoís XC60 is a relatively new re-design Iím not sure how much more capacity they can jam in there (and yes, I know the chemistry will improve, but it isnít going to double by 2021).
Of course Volvo may just be putting all their eggs into full electrification with cars like the XC40 BEV.