In 2017, Volvo announced that every vehicle rolled out from 2019 on will at least have help from an electric motor, and the 2020 XC90 SUV is another step in that plan. The automaker is adding a mild-hybrid powertrain to the lineup for 2020 and updating its plug-in models.
The 2020 XC90 will be the first vehicle to use Volvo’s kinetic energy recovery braking system. Volvo says the brake-by-wire system reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.
The system pairs with both of Volvo’s regular four-cylinder gas powertrains — the T5 and T6 — and should deliver fuel-economy gains of up to 15 percent, the automaker claims. Base model-year 2019 XC90’s are EPA rated at 21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined.