The chance of the innovative Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid ever being sold Australia are fading fast, despite the Scandinavian brand showcasing a sporty new R-Design version of the diesel-electric wagon destined for Europe.
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The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid R-Design gets a more stylish look than the standard version, with a sports aero kit and 18-inch alloy wheels differentiating it from the outside, while the interior gains sports seats trimmed in perforated leather and a black headlining.

As standard, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid combines a 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel engine producing 158kW and 440Nm with a rear-mounted 50kW/200Nm electric motor and an 11.2kWh lithium-ion battery. The total peak outputs of the powertrain equates to a combined 208kW and 640Nm, with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.1 seconds while consuming just 1.8 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

The V60 Plug-In Hybrid has a 50km pure-electric range and a 900km range in engine-assisted hybrid mode, and recharging takes between 3.5 and 7.5 hours depending on the power source used.

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Volvo Cars Australia marketing communications director Oliver Peagam told CarAdvice that the plug-in part-electric version of the V60 is still in hot demand overseas, but the brand is focusing on looking beyond what is currently available.

"Our hand is still up for it, but there are plug-in hybrid opportunities beyond the V60 that we are more interested in," Peagam said.

The next-generation Volvo XC90 seven-seat SUV is the hybrid model we suspect Volvo Australia is more eager to secure. The all-new model will debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October, and is expected to debut with a range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines and a similar plug-in hybrid drivetrain to the V60.

The next-generation Volvo XC90 will arrive locally in early 2015.