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The best-selling V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the latest Volvo to receive the R-Design. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has sold almost 8,000 units in all of last year. Adding the R-Design dynamic attributes to the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid, provide a more dynamic appeal to the sporty Estate. (click, enlarge)

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design features a number of unique interior and exterior features that create a sporty presence. The exterior blends the Plug-in Hybrid identification with the R-Design front bumper and grille, rear diffuser and 18-inch Ixion wheels.

Inside, the car comes with a full R-Design interior, featuring sports seats as standard with a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather. Amongst the other unique R-Design features, it also includes sports pedals, sports floor mats and charcoal headlining. The car retains the special plug-in hybrid instrumentation and information.

Also fitted as standard on all PHEVs is Volvo’s telematic system, Volvo On Call. This system allows users to use a free mobile app to access a number of functions and keeps the driver in constant contact with the vehicle, no matter where he/she is.

The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-liter turbodiesel producing 215 hp and 440 Nm of torque. The car has a six-speed automatic transmission.

The rear axle is powered by an electric motor producing 70 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. It is supplied with power from an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the floor of the load compartment.

The driver selects the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power. In the default hybrid mode, the CO2 emissions are down to just 48g/km. This corresponds to fuel consumption of 155.2 mpg (NEDC certification driving cycle for hybrids). What is more, at the touch of a button the driver can choose to cover up to 31 miles on pure electric power – or utilize the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor to create a veritable driving machine that offers 215+70 horsepower and 440+200 Nm of torque.

The Volvo V60 D6 AWD R-Design Lux Nav is available from £51,675 (minus £5000 Plug-In Car Grant) on-the-road in the U.K. Bookings are already made available for August deliveries.

Edited: Volvo