Sweden's hotted-up mid-sizer is coming for the BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 with hybrid power.
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Volvo has priced its hottest XC60, the hybrid-powered T8 Polestar, to go head-to-head with the BMW X3 M40i

With a sticker price of $99,990 before on-road costs when it arrives at the end of August, the XC60 T8 Polestar is $90 more than the inline-six powered BMW but $3440 cheaper than the Mercedes-AMG GLC43.

It replaces the T8 R-Design, but the existing D5 and D6 range remains unchanged.

That's a serious price tag, but the T8 Polestar is putting down some serious numbers to back it up. Thanks to a four-cylinder twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) petrol engine and an electric motor, it pumps out a combined 311kW and 670Nm – up 46kW and 170Nm on the aforementioned X3 M40i.

The sprint to 100km/h takes just 5.2 seconds. What's more, the XC60 has a 10.4kWh lithium-ion battery under the rear floor good for around 45km of pure-electric driving on a full charge.

Involved in the leap from the regular XC60 line-up is a host of chassis upgrades, a set of 21-inch alloy wheels, and stickier tyres, along with a smattering of exterior tweaks.

The cabin gets a sports steering wheel, coloured seatbelts, and unique trim pieces for the dashboard, along with the requisite nappa leather trim and fully digital instrument binnacle.

Volvo says it "can't wait" to get the new mid-sized SUV flagship locally. It should help drive the XC60 closer to the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5 on the sales charts.

2019 Volvo XC60 pricing

  • D4 Momentum - $62,990
  • T5 Momentum - $64,990
  • D4 Inscription - $69,990
  • T5 Inscription - $71,990
  • D5 R-Design - $76,990
  • T6 R-Design - $78,990
  • T8 Polestar - $99,990

All prices exclude on-road costs.