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Round-Up: Volvo XC90 updated, New VW AdBlue system, PHEVs for Epping Forest

Volvo updates XC90

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Volvo has updated its XC90 SUV. On sale now, the revised model is priced from £52,235.

Changes include the firm adding a mild-hybrid powertrain to its line-up. Badged B5, the model combines a 2.0-litre 235hp diesel engine with a 48-volt battery and an F1-inspired Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

According to Volvo, the system improves fuel economy by 15% compared with the D5 diesel it replaces.

Energy captured by the KERS system when the car brakes or decelerates is stored as electricity in the battery which is then used to supplement the engine’s performance when accelerating and to power ancillary functions such as the headlights and audio system, Volvo said.

Volvo has also increased its T8 PHEV’s battery size from 10.4 to 11.8kWh, which the company said increases the car’s electric-only driving range from up to 21.7 to a maximum of 28.6 miles.

VW AdBlue ‘reduces NOx emissions by 80%’

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Volkswagen has developed a new AdBlue system which it said will cut diesel NOx emissions by up to 80% compared with current engines.

The technology is already used in the Passat’s 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine and the manufacturer said it will gradually introduce it to all models with 2.0-litre diesel units.

The system involves a ‘twin dosing’ process where Adblue is injected selectively upstream of two SCR (selective catalytic reduction) catalytic converters, VW added.

The City of London has taken on three Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs in order to help patrol and maintain Epping Forest.

Outlander PHEVs added to City of London fleet

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the first vehicle with an electrified drivetrain to be added to the City of London Epping Forest fleet and its addition marks the start of the organisation’s shift to a ULEZ-compliant fleet, Mitsubishi said.

The trio of vehicles have been converted to full rapid response vehicle specification and the bespoke conversions were completed by Mitsubishi’s in-house MSVO (Mitsubishi Special Vehicle Operation) division.