Volvo claims new XC90 SUV will be world's cleanest and most powerful

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Volvo XC Concept Coupe

It's probably one of the most-anticipated new cars to be unveiled this year. And while we still haven't seen a final official image of the new Volvo XC90 SUV (just a concept, pictured above), details about its clever tech are appearing in liberal servings.

And the latest big news from the Swedish firm is that the new model will be 'the world's most powerful and cleanest SUV'.

A big claim indeed, but it does come from a rather big engine. The seven-seater off-roader will be powered by a brand new, in-house power unit. It's a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine. Hardly impressive – but it's a supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 79bhp electric motor. Despite its diminutive cubic size, it'll develop a combined power output of 395bhp and 600Nm of torque. CO2 emissions will be at an amazingly low 60g/km.

Called a 'Drive-E' engine, it will power the front wheels while the electric motor will drive the rear ones in normal driving conditions. By pushing a button, the XC90 hybrid will be able to travel up to 25 miles on pure electricity, and don't think there'll be a massive electric motor in the boot crippling the load space. Like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the XC90 was designed from the very outset to carry a petrol-electric powertrain. Volvo will also be badging the model T8 and the technology 'Twin Engine'.

A petrol-electric not your type of thing? Don't worry as the XC90 will also be available as D5 twin-turbo diesel engine with 222bhp, 470Nm and fuel consumption of around 47mpg, plus a D4 turbodiesel engine with 187bhp, 400Nm and fuel consumption of around 56mpg.

New Volvo hybrid powertrain

New Volvo hybrid powertrain