Gone are the days when SUVs are considered as gas guzzlers – not with the introduction of hybrid technology, that is. The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept is the latest idea from the Swedish motoring company. While most of the world will remain fixated on CES 2012 that kicks off for the masses this coming Sunday, the Detroit Auto Show is not that far off either, being just days away, so it makes perfect sense for Volvo to parade their latest concept – the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid. Needless to say, this particular SUB will be based on the production XC60 crossover, where it sports a drivetrain that is not too different from the V60 Plug-in Hybrid which has recently entered production. Ditching diesel in favor of a gasoline engine, the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid will have front wheels that are driven by a 280-horsepower turbo four, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor has 70 ponies underneath the hood to get the rear wheels going, bringing Swedish all-wheel drive to the masses – hopefully. According to Volvo, this effort of theirs offers a 100 mpg fuel economy rating in hybrid mode, while running on the electric motor alone lets it go for 35 miles before running out of juice. It is no slowpoke either, considering how it can register 5.8 seconds in its 0-60 run.
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