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Volvo S90 T8 plug-in hybrid goes on sale in Thailand

Semi-electric hybrid-powered saloon promises competitive stats; D4 variant repositioned to cope with Thai-built BMW 520d.

Volvo Car Thailand has realigned the S90 lineup with the introduction of a new plug-in hybrid drivetrain and a cheaper version of the diesel-powered D4.

The T8 features a 2.0-litre turbo and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor driving all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The combined output of the T8 is rated at 407hp, while the average CO2 rating is 41g/km. In pure electric mode, the car can travel for a claimed 52km.

The only other car in this class with such a semi-electric motor so far is the Mercedes-Benz E350e. It has 286hp in total from the 2.0-litre turbo engine and electric motor. The EV range is a lower 33km, as well.

The T8 also takes the lead in pricing which asks for 3.39 million baht in Momentum and 3.79 million baht in Inscription trims. The E350e, in contrast, costs from 3.49-4.09 million baht spread out in three specs.

Also coming from the Malaysia factory for the first time is the D4 highlighting 190hp 2.0-litre diesel-turbo. In Momentum spec, it costs 3.09 million baht – nearly one million baht cheaper than the Swedish-made D4 Inscription sold earlier.

As a result, the D4 Momentum is cheaper than the similarly powered BMW 520d Sport, which has just been introduced in locally assembled form last week with a price tag of 3.399 million baht.


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