Swedish luxury automaker Volvo has launched the 2018 XC90 T8 Inscription in India at Rs 96.65 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Though, Volvo has started local assembly of the XC90 in India but only the diesel variants are being assembled in the country and the T8 Inscription is sold as a CBU in the country. The new variant is priced around Rs 30 lakh lesser than the XC90 T8 Excellence that is priced at Rs 1.25 crore and it is the newly launched is the only petrol hybrid SUV in that price range.
The standard top-of-the-line XC90 with a hybrid powertrain barring the ultra-luxury stuff in the T8 Excellence, the 2018 XC90 T8 Inscription comes in the seven-seat layout compared to the four-seat configuration offered on the standard T8 Excellence. In terms of features, while the T8 Excellence is offered with retractable touchscreens for each rear passenger, a refrigerator, a crystal gearshift knob and more, the newly launched T8 Inscription variant comes with four-zone climate control, Bowers and Wilkins entertainment system with 19-speakers, panoramic sunroof, adaptive air suspension, head-up display, Nappa leather seats with ventilation.
However, not only in features but the 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription also excels in terms of safety features compared to the T8 Excellence. The luxurious car has been offered with seven airbags, collision avoidance, radar-based adaptive cruise control, city braking system and many more.
In terms of powertrain, both the Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence and the 2018 T8 Inscription come powered by the twin-engine plug-in hybrid engine as standard. The in-line 4-cyl 1969cc supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine is capable of generating an output of 315 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque while a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that powers the electric motor churn out 87 bhp of maximum power and 240 Nm of torque. Hence, the combined output produced by the engines stand at 402 bhp and 640 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Volvo claimed 0-100 kmph time is 5.8 seconds with an all-electric range of 40 km for the T8 Inscription.
Currently, the Volvo XC90 takes against the likes of the Audi Q7, Mercedes- Benz GLS, BMW X5 and Land Rover Range Rover Velar in the segment.