New Generation Volvo Mild Hybrids at Volvo Cars of Austin

Volvo Cars has already taken the lead in producing outstanding plug-in hybrid and pure-electric models. Adding to this extensive line-up are new generation, Volvo Mild Hybrids. With this innovation, each Volvo Sedan, Wagon, and SUV deliver better fuel efficiency and a smoother ride. Think of this iteration as another avenue towards lowering emissions and reduced reliance on fuel. 

Mild Hybrid v Plug-In Hybrid at Volvo Cars of Austin

Delineated below are the main characteristics defining each Volvo hybrid category. In general, a Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid will need a home-charging station.

Mild Hybrid

  • The powertrain comprises a combined combustion engine and electric motor operation.
  • The energy from braking is stored within a 48-volt battery, then used to boost the performance of the combustion engine.
  • Fuel consumption is reduced given the electric motor provides power to the combustion engine during startup and acceleration.
  • Mild hybrids are less expensive than plug-in hybrid and pure-electric offerings.

Plug-In Hybrid

  • Charging is done through an electrical outlet at home or public charging station.
  • A greater pure-electric range is earned with a larger battery pack.
  • Daily commutes from Pflugerville, Cedar Park, and Round Rock are all within the pure-electric mileage threshold and therefore will not use fuel.
  • Selecting the hybrid driving mode delivers astonishing "eGas" mileage.
  • Emissions are reduced for a better Texas environment.

Key Differentiators Between Volvo's B5 & B6 Mild Hybrid Models

Volvo's B5 and B6 models bring mild-hybrid technology to the lineup of luxury cars, wagons, and SUVs. These new B5 and B6 engines have replaced the non-hybrid 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines (T5 & T6) that had turbochargers and superchargers. According to the EPA, fuel economy ratings in these Volvo B5 and B6 models increase by up to three miles per gallon. New generation B5 and B6 mild-hybrid engines are a significant upgrade, but how do B5 models differ from B6 models?

Volvo B5 Models

Volvo B5 models produce 247 horsepower 258 pound-feet of torque. They can include either front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Examples of Volvos that have B5 models include the Volvo S60 sedan and Volvo XC60 SUV.

Volvo B6 Models

Volvo B6 models are all-wheel-drive exclusive. A few B6 Volvo variations include the Volvo XC60 SUV, Volvo S90 sedan, and the Volvo V90 Cross Country wagon. Volvo B6 models are also stronger, with a higher power output of 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Volvo B6 models have more tuning options. They are heavier, but B6 models have a better center of gravity that comes from a wider setup for the suspension and tires.

Benefits of Driving a Volvo B5 or B6 Model

Both B5 and B6 Volvo models showcase a much smoother acceleration than their predecessors. They also offer increased fuel economy ratings, without compromising power. B6 and B6 engines are more silent and provide a quicker starting approach. Their low engine weights result in smooth handling. These mild-hybrid models are similar in their regenerative braking techniques. They recover energy when braking and store it in the 48-volt lithium-ion battery for later use. This adds torque for drastically improved acceleration on Austin roads. Ask our sales experts in Austin how a B5 or B6 Volvo can give you a boost!

The Volvo Mild Hybrid Selection 

As a result of this new Volvo generation comprising Volvo Mild Hybrids, Volvo Cars of Austin wishes to extend comparisons between each Volvo Mild Hybrid model. Bear in mind, every Volvo is built around bedrock principles governing safety -- first and foremost. There's the sense of being enveloped within a protective cocoon.

Volvo XC60 Mild Hybrid SUV

This five-seat, midsized luxury SUV features a luxurious interior to savor. A vertically oriented, centralized touchscreen enables clear view of navigational directions and smartphone applications. Advanced air filtration technology enhances the quality of cabin air. Bowers & Wilkins speakers are strategically positioned for superb conveyance of audio accompaniments.

Volvo S60 Mild Hybrid Sedan

This powerful but elegant sedan offers seating for five occupants. The driver's head-up display screens speed and navigational instructions along with incoming calls to answer, or not. A center console roller allows for the adjusting and adaptation of driving preferences. Driver-assistance technology returns you to Austin unscathed.

Volvo S90 Mild Hybrid Sedan

Cargo capacity behind where five occupants are seated encompasses 13.5 cu.-ft. Rear legroom is measured to 40.4-inches with front legroom more generous in depth. Orrefors® Swedish crystal has been known to adorn gear shifter, with nappa leathered seating surfaces smooth to the touch. A self-adapting chassis lends more comfort to the drive. The front fascia reveals a chromed grille and an overall determined posture.

Volvo V90 Cross Country Mild Hybrid Wagon

Standout features comprise ground clearance measured to 8.3-inches. Cargo spacing extends to 53.9 cu.-ft. Towing capacity sees up to 3,500-lbs. long hauled to the Gulf, along with five passengers. The exterior exhibits a rear spoiler, skid plate and LED taillights leaving behind a dynamic wake. Given extended dimensions, room for family and guests ensures cross-Texas adventures - through and through.

The Volvo Mild Hybrid Difference at Volvo Cars of Austin

For all information regarding this new generation of Volvo hybrids, visit our local Austin area dealership or contact us today.

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