Plug-in Volvo S60L will go on sale in China next year, with power coming from the firm's Drive-E engine family and an electric motor

Volvo's new S60L Plug-in Hybrid has been unveiled at the Beijing motor show.

The car will be launched in China in 2015 and will be made at the firm's Chengdu plant. The S60L measures 4715mm long - some 80mm longer than the standard S60 - with width of 1866mm and a height of 1481mm.

Volvo's first ever petrol-electric hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine from the firm's Drive-E engine family, with 238bhp and 258lb ft of torque. The electric motor provides an extra 68bhp and 148lb ft. Recharging the car's lithium-ion battery takes four hours from a domestic socket.

Drivers can choose to run on electric power only, in a joint hybrid mode, or in 'power' mode. Volvo says the S60L Hybrid offers CO2 emissions of as little as 50g/km, with an average 141mpg. 

Inside, drivers get brown leather trim with contrasting stitching on the seats and steering wheel, as well as extra chrome details.

Volvo's family of Drive-E engines will eventually be offered across the firm's range, putting an end to current four, five, six and eight-cylinder units.

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