The second-gen Volvo XC60 received its mid-life facelift with the MY2022 update. Recently, it has entered the 2023 model year in America. Like every other 2023 Volvo car in the U.S., the 2023 XC60 is available exclusively with electrified powertrains. Here’s everything that we know about the 2023 Volvo XC60 Hybrid:
Exterior & Interior
The Volvo XC60 received a new grille, sportier bumpers at the front and rear, and new wheels with the MY2022 update. The recast bumpers have vertical side air inlets instead of horizontal cuts, while the rear bumpers, unlike those of the pre-facelift model, don’t house exhaust tips. Here Volvo seems to be accustoming customers for the next-gen XC60 where there would be an all-electric powertrain. The MY2023 update is a carryover model, and doesn’t have body changes.
The interior of the 2023 XC60 looks the same. With the previous model year update, Volvo had swapped out the outdated infotainment system with one that runs Google’s Android Automotive operating system and supports over-the-air (OTA) updates. It’s possible to use the infotainment system with simple “Hey Google” voice commands.
The Android Automotive-based infotainment system has built-in Google Maps and Google Play Store as well. A 1,460W-watt, 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system is available optionally.
Volvo Cars had replaced the XC60’s T5 and T6 conventional gasoline engines in the U.S. with B5 and B6 mild-hybrid gasoline engines, respectively, with the MY2022 update. The 2023 Volvo XC60 is available with the same mild-hybrid engines.
Both engines get electrification through a new 48V system combined with a 13 hp Integrated Starter Generator. Moreover, while the T6 had a mechanical supercharger, the B6 has an electric supercharger, called E-Charger.
The specifications of the B5 and B6 engines haven’t changed with the MY2023 update, but the EPA-est. combined fuel economy is slightly different. The B5 FWD variant delivers the same 26 MPG, but the B5 AWD and B6 AWD variants now return 25 MPG (previously 24 MPG) and 23 MPG (previously 24 MPG). In the case of the B5 AWD, the EPA-est. highway fuel economy has gone from 28 MPG to 29 MPG.
|Charging System||Turbocharger||E-Charger & Turbocharger|
|Power||247 hp||295 hp|
|Torque||258 lb.-ft.||310 lb.-ft.|
|Combined Fuel Economy (EPA-est.)||26 MPG (FWD)/25 MPG (AWD)||23 MPG|
|Fuel Consumption||3.8 gal/100mi (FWD)/4.0 gal/100mi (AWD)||4.3 gal/100mi|
2023 Volvo XC60 Hybrid (Plug-in)
Volvo Cars started offering the XC60 Hybrid in two variants with the 2022 model year: Recharge and Recharge Extended Range. Recharge is the variant with the familiar 400 hp/472 lb.-ft. powertrain. The Recharge Extended Range uses a 2.0L gasoline engine, but thanks to a punchier electric motor, it produces 455 hp of combined power and 523 lb.-ft. of system torque.
While the Recharge uses a 65 kW (87 hp) rear motor, the Recharge Extended Range variant employs a 107 kW (143 hp) rear motor. The bigger difference is that the former has an 11.6 kWh battery pack and the latter uses a new 18.8 kWh battery pack that consists of an additional, third layer of cells. The net or usable capacity of these battery packs is 9.1 kWh and 14.9 kWh, respectively. The Recharge variant can travel 19 miles in EV mode on a full charge, while the Recharge Extended Range provides a practical EV mode range of 36 miles, sufficient for most daily trips in the city.
With the MY2023 update, Volvo Cars seems to have discontinued the old plug-in hybrid system. The online configurator on its U.S. website doesn’t give the option to choose the old powertrain.
|Aspect\Specification||Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge Extended Range T8|
|Forced induction||Drive-E Supercharger & Turbocharger|
|Electrification Level||Plug-in Hybrid|
|Total Power||455 hp|
|Total Torque||523 lb.-ft.|
|Battery Pack||14.9 kWh (net)/18.8 kWh (gross)|
|Electric Range||35 miles|
For global markets, including the U.S., Volvo Cars builds the XC60 at the Torslanda plant in Sweden. For China, Zhongjia Automobile Manufacturing manufactures the XC60 in China at the Chengdu plant. Zhejiang Haoqing Automobile Manufacturing, owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, conducts final testing, and then the units are sent to Volvo Cars.
2023 Volvo XC60 price
Volvo Cars has changed the trim structure and prices of the XC60 model series with the MY2023 update. The company has discontinued the Momentum, R-Design, Inscription Expression, and Inscription trims and introduced Core, Plus, and Ultimate trims. It continues offering the Polestar Engineered trim, though. Prices (incl. USD 1,095 destination fee) start at USD 44,745 for the mild-hybrid variant and USD 58,495 for the plug-in hybrid variant.
|Trim||XC60 B5 FWD Price||XC60 B5 AWD Price||XC60 B6 AWD Price||XC60 Hybrid (PHEV) Price|
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