Volvo has chosen to introduce the XC90 with the option of two engines. Buyers can get to buy the D5 diesel and the T8 plug-in hybrid. Both these versions come equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the diesel avatar, the 225bhp D5 diesel spins 470Nm of torque at 1750rpm. This version competes directly with the 204bhp GLE 250d that makes a healthier 500Nm of torque. While the D5 retails for 4890000 baht (Rs 93.02 lakh), prices for Merc’s GLE 250d range from 4990000 to 5490000 baht (Rs 94.93 lakh to Rs 1.04 crore).
Petrol power for the T8 version is derived from the combined efforts of the engine and the electric motor that pumps out 407bhp and 640Nm of torque. Volvo’s XC90 T8 in Momentum trim sells for 5390000 baht (Rs 1.02 crore) and 5990000 baht (Rs 1.13 crore) for the Inscription version. It is targeted against BMW’s X5 xDrive40e, a petrol-electric hybrid that makes 313bhp and retails for 5390000 baht (Rs 1.02 crore). Like always, the XC90 retains its comprehensive list of safety and driver-assisted technologies that enable it to stand out from its German competitors.
In India however, Volvo Cars chose to stick with the diesel mill, and is yet to reveal any plans to introduce the petrol version here.