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.

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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:

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