The Spy Guy is impressed with what the Sweden-based automaker concocted for its 2016 XC90 tall wagon (the original appeared for the 2003 model year). The vehicle’s distinctive look bears zero resemblance to first-gen versions or similar models from other European and North American automakers. The T6 model uses a 316-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s both turbocharged and supercharged, while the T8 plug-in hybrid adds an 82-horsepower electric motor fitted to the rear axle that allows the XC90 to operate in electric-only mode for up to 25 miles. The T8’s combined system output is 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. Pricing is expected to start in low-$50,000 territory for the T6, or about $20,000 less pricey than the T8.


The XC90 T8 can run on battery power for about 25 miles. Total system power is 400 horses. Cool, but it won’t be cheap.

Volvo ignites its second-generation seven-seater tall wagon: