Volvo's new XC60 compact SUV goes on sale in the U.S. in August, and you might be surprised to learn that it is powered by the hated internal combustion engine.

The media was full of the news last month that Volvo was apparently dumping gasoline and diesel in favor of the planet and electric propulsion. That turned out not to be the case. It was merely a loose claim by Volvo, misinterpreted by many in the media. In fact, after 2019 any new Volvo launched will have an element of electric power, either battery-only or petrol electric hybrid. The gasoline engines continue for the foreseeable future, as do the diesels in Europe.

In the U.S., Volvo has been treading water for years with its undoubted fans waiting patiently. The new big XC90 SUV appeared a couple of years ago and since then Volvo has upped the pace of new launches with the S90 sedan and V90 wagon. Later this year comes the small V40 sedan, but the brand's biggest seller in the U.S. has been the XC60, and the new one marks the peak of the turnaround.



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