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Latest ‘Twin Engine’ plug-in hybrid to join Volvo’s range will head to Australia late in 2020 alongside the upcoming electric version of the Swedish marque’s smallest SUV.

Volvo Cars has completed its line-up of plug-in hybrids, launching the XC40 T5 Twin Engine in Europe this week, ahead of an Australian launch before the end of next year.

Like the model offered in China already, the XC40 T5 Twin Engine pairs the 134kW/265Nm 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol engine from the T3 variant with an 82hp(61kW)/160Nm electric motor.

Teamed with a 10.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the XC40 T5 PHEV puts out a combined 262hp (195kW), making it the most powerful variant in the range. Drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels, via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Volvo claims the plug-in XC40 can achieve up to 28.6 miles (46km) of electric-only driving, with fuel consumption rated at 141.1mpg (2.0L/100km) on the WLTP test cycle.

As for performance, the Swedish marque says the XC40 T5 Twin Engine can hit 100km/h from a standstill in 7.3 seconds, and hit a top whack of 127mph (204km/h).

Charging the 10.7kWh battery via the optional fast-charge cable takes as little as 2.5 hours, while using a conventional three-pin plug takes between 3.5 and 6 hours.

In the UK, the Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine will be offered in four trim levels: R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription and Inscription Pro.

Pricing for the most affordable variant in Britain – the R-Design – starts at £40,905 ($73,387), with deliveries scheduled to commence in February 2020.

The T5 PHEV will also be joined by an all-electric version of Volvo’s smallest crossover next year.

Australia

Volvo Cars Australia has indicated it plans to introduce the XC40 PHEV in “the later part of 2020”.

As for the EV variant due sometime next year, the company’s local division said it’s expecting that version to arrive before the end of 2020 as well.

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