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Charging switch provides more power in Volvo XC90

Now that the diesel power of all its models is officially a thing of the past, Volvo has introduced a second plug-in hybrid Recharge model to its local line-up, this time based on the tough XC90.

Join the all-electric XC40 P8 Recharge and the Connected XC60 T8 Charging Unveiled last month, the XC90 Recharge replaces the previous plug-in T8 as Volvo’s most powerful production ever.

Available again in Inscription and R-Design trim levels, the exterior and interior of the Recharge have been carried over with no further safety and specification changes.

What has changed is the power source. While the 2.0-litre turbocharged Drive-E petrol engine continues, the lithium-ion battery pack has been increased from 11.6 kWh to 18.8 kWh and the previous 65 kW electric motor has been replaced with a new 107 kW unit.

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Combined, the T8 Recharge produces 340 kW/709 Nm, an increase of 40 kW/69 Nm over the T8, with the 0-100 km/h dashboard dropping from 5.6 seconds to 5.3 seconds.

Top speed is limited to 180 km/h with the claimed all-electric range of 44km to 77km. Power is again routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed Geartronic transmission.

As before, the Recharge comes standard with a five-year/100,000km warranty and maintenance plan and an eight-year/160,000km battery warranty.

Following the same methodology as the outgoing T8, pricing starts at R1 560 600 for the R-Design with Inscription sales starting at R1 561 200.

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