For the longest time, we have been treated to Volvos that have the cutting edge design of a loaf of bread. It’s been one of the biggest knocks on the Swedish brand, and it appears that the company is determined to introduce a new generation of vehicles that will be a lot edgier than what we’re used to.
One of the next-generation models that’s expected to be introduced in the coming years is the Volvo XC90 crossover. Despite its popularity, the XC90 has been around the block for almost 10 years with very little changes being done on it. These design sketches of the future XC90 that the company recently released shows that Volvo may be serious in re-defining the way their vehicles look. The 2014 XC90 will sit atop the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which is the platform for just about every new Volvo in the works. The XC90 is anticipated to be the first Volvo to use this platform and will also be one of the largest to use it.
We also know that the XC90 will have a 4-cylinder engine under its all-new hood, as will all vehicles using the SPA platform. Given the XC90’s size, its four-pot will likely include the direct injection system and turbocharger that Volvo says will be fitted on most SPA-based vehicles. The exact size of this new 4-cylinder engine is not quite known, but it’ll have to punch out at least 200 horsepower to make it competitive against the base level X3 Drive20i. There is also the possibly for a traditional and plug-in hybrid option.
The current XC90 is no slouch in the luxury department, but Volvo is expected to punch up the interior a little bit, while still offering 7-person seating capabilities. On this outside, we do have a few images to go off of, and they are rather extreme.
The body lines are nothing like you would expect to see on a Volvo, featuring a very high beltline and a wide lower grille. The upper grille is especially wide for a Volvo and the overall appearance of the car just looks sleeker than any Volvo on record. Then again, these are just concept drawings and rarely do these concept drawings really pin down the resulting model.
This is all we know about the upcoming 2014 Volvo XC90 for now, but we will continue to update this review as more information becomes available.
Updated 05/29/2014: Volvo unveiled the first details on the new generation XC90 and it started by revealing details on the interior. Check them out after the jump.
Updated 07/22/2014: Volvo released a series of new details on the new XC90, this time about the car’s technology features. Click past the jump for more details.
Gallery Volvo XC90
June, 5 2013 - First Mule Caught Testing
February 3, 2014 - First real XC90 out testing
Remember the 2014 Concept Estate that Volvo showcased at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year? Well, you should, because the redesigned XC90 is getting most of its interior. We’re talking about the overall design, the dashboard layout and even the tablet-like touchscreen console that replaces the old unit. Backed by a state-of-the-art infotainment system, the new touchscreen uses a portrait-shaped screen as an communication interface with the driver for a user friendly, button-free experience.
Naturally, luxury is no object for the new XC90, which comes with loads of surfaces covered in Nappa leather, birch wood inserts and several handcrafted details. Not impressed? Then how about using a crystal glass shift knob to change gears and a diamond-cut control to activate the stop/start function? These funky features are complemented by an all-new seat design that promises to bring more style and comfort, even in the third seat row, where legroom is usually cramped in such vehicles.
The second-gen XC90 has no less than five powertrains at its disposal, but the big news is the addition of a hybrid drivetrain. Dubbed T8 Hybrid, this range-topping SUV benefits from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged and supercharged four-banger and a 60-kW (80-horsepower) electric motor connected to the rear axle. Its combined output sits at 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, while the all-electric range is rated at 25 miles. The conventional, gasoline unit comes with Volvo’s bran-new, Twin Engine technology, which uses a supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range and a turbocharger to provide extra power higher in the rev range.
Hybrid aside, the XC90 comes with a choice of two gasoline engines. The T5 Turbo sits at the bottom of the range with 254 ponies and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the T6 Turbo, essentially the same supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder mill found in the hybrid model, cranks out 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. Both the T6 and the T8 Hybrid will be offered in U.S. dealerships for the 2015 model year.
Moving over to diesels, Volvo is throwing in two more four-bangers with turbochargers attached to them. The D4 will pump 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in the base model, while the D5 Twin Turbo will send 225 ponies and 346 pound-feet to the wheels.
2015 Volvo XC90 - Drivetrain/Specifications
|Type||D5 Twin Turbo Diesel||D4 turbo diesel||T6 Turbo engine||T5 turbo||T8 hybrid|
|Output||225 HP||190 HP||316 HP||254 HP||400 HP|
|Torque||346 LB-FT||295 LB-FT||295 LB-FT||258 LB-FT||472 LB-FT|
Launched in 2008 and facelifted for the 2012 model year, the current-generation Audi Q5 will remain unchanged until 2017 , for a two-year battle with the XC90. Pretty much a shrunken Q7 with A5-inspired touches, the Q5 is less boxy and exhales more sportiness than its Volvo-badged rival. The interior might not look as crisp and high-tech as the one we’re about to get in the XC90, but the Q5 has plenty of reasons to brag about. Blending the usual Audi quality with top-of-the-league luxury and well-placed trim pieces, the Q5’s cabin is a nice place to be in.
Two gasoline powertrains are available for the crossover - a 2.0-liter TFSI rated at 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 with 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on tap. The former needs 6.5 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph, while the latter can achieve the same speed barrier in 5.8 seconds. Top speed is limited at 130 mph on both versions. The diesel Q5, on the other hand, moves itself with help from a 3.0-liter six-cylinder that sends 240 horsepower and a whopping 428 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. Pricing for the German crossover begins at $37,300.
The BMW X3 gets a major overhaul for the 2015 model year, receiving a host of visual cues seen on the larger X5 SUV. The front end is now more attractive and aggressive thanks to a redesigned bumper and revised headlamps, while the rear fascia looks fresher after receiving a new bumper and reshaped taillights. The new interior is the most refined you’ll get in a X3 until a new generation comes out and boasts new cabin trim options, revised upholstery, and brand-new chrome inlays.
More big news can be found under the hood, where BMW is willing to drop three different engines. The smallest unit of the lineup is a 2.0-liter inline-four that benefits from 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping crossover gets its oomph from a 3.0-liter inline-six with 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet at its disposal. Lastly, a newly introduced 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 180 ponies and 280 pound-feet of torque delivers that perfect combination of power and fuel economy a lot of customers are looking for nowadays. The 2015 X5 retails from $38,400.
One of Volvo Cars’ most anticipated car launches of recent years – the all-new XC90 – officially begins today by revealing what has been a key development area: the interior of the XC90. As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, people spend more and more time in their cars commuting. Consumer insights have led to the development of many of the new interior features of the car. Many of the style details first debuted in the series of three award-winning concept cars make their way to the all-new XC90 highlighting Volvo’s new design language which is inspired by the simplicity, functionality and beauty that has become the hallmark of Scandinavian design. The full external reveal will happen in August.
The original XC90 was launched in 2002 and it revolutionized the SUV segment with its combination of space, versatility and safety. It went on to become a global sales phenomenon, nowhere more so than in the U.S. where it was the company’s top-selling model for seven consecutive years from 2003-2009. Volvo Cars seeks to once again impact the perception of SUVs with the execution of the all-new XC90 where the space and interior environment, world leading safety features and environmentally advanced powertrains have been in the forefront of the development of the car.
The modern and spacious interior is the most luxurious to have been designed for a Volvo, taking its inspiration from the country of Volvo’s birth, Sweden, which has a global reputation for integrating the latest technology with design that is clean, beautiful and crafted from the finest materials.
“The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system,” said Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design of Volvo Cars. This system is virtually button free – a drastic difference to that of other cars - and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services.
The new XC90’s interior combines the expected luxurious materials, such as soft Nappa leather and dark flame birch wood, with unique handcrafted details, including a gear-lever made of crystal from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glass maker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
“These details add a bit of exclusive playfulness rather than pure functionality in the otherwise pure and elegant design,” said Robin Page, Volvo Cars’ interior design director.
The all-new XC90 is the first Volvo to use the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which creates a far wider range of design possibilities, improves driveability and permits the inclusion of the latest safety features and connected in-car technologies, while at the same time increasing interior space. This new architecture enables the company to strengthen and reinforce its aim that by the year 2020 no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.
“Our new interior architecture is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect,” said Peter Mertens, senior vice president research and development of Volvo Cars.
New seats and more interior space
Volvo Cars already enjoys a reputation for having some of the most comfortable seats in the industry. The new XC90 enhances this with an all–new seat design that combines comfort, support and style in a beautifully crafted package. As always with Volvo Cars, the development of the seats has included the latest ergonomic advancements and insights. The interior also benefits from more interior space for passengers in both the second and third seat rows, helping to make the new XC90 a genuine seven-seater.
“The full seat core has an ergonomic shape that resembles the human spine. A multitude of adjustment possibilities makes it possible for the individual user to create an ideal seating position,” said Page.
The standard seats are available with intuitive, smooth power operation, including adjustable side bolsters, seat cushion extension, multi-directional lumbar support and vertical adjustment of the headrests. Three settings can be stored in the memory. Ventilation and massage functions are optional.
The all-new, optional Contour seat has been designed to offer excellent side support all the way from the shoulders to the thighs.
Individual second row seats and more space in the third row
The second row features three individual seats with recline adjustment. The sliding function can be used to create more legroom for the passengers in the third row – or to increase loading space if the third row seats are folded flat. An integrated child booster cushion in the center seat is optional.
The seats in the third row, which offer class-leading comfort for passengers with a height up to 5’7”, are slightly centered to offer occupants a generous theater-seat-inspired view. Additional space for the feet under the second row seats creates additional comfort and legroom. Special attention has also been given to ensure easy ingress and egress from the third row and ease of operation, making this the best third row in the segment.
The all-new Volvo XC90 includes a number of storage options for the driver and passengers. All the seats in the second and third rows can be folded individually, which creates outstanding loading flexibility. The third row seats can also be specified with power operation.
Four-zone climate system
A pleasant and fresh interior climate is a vital part of wellbeing when driving. The all-new Volvo XC90 can be specified with a four-zone climate system with individual settings for the occupants in the front seats and in the second row. A separate air-conditioning unit for the third row is optional.
More to come
The all-new XC90 story will continue to unfold over the summer. The story of the latest advancements within safety and interior air quality will be released later this summer, while the reveal of the technology highlights, including chassis and powertrains, will start in mid-July and continue throughout the summer until the exterior launch at the end of August.
“The customer and the customer experience are at the heart of everything we do at Volvo Cars. We don’t do technology for technology’s sake – everything in a Volvo is there to make our cars safer and more pleasurable to drive,” said Alain Visser, senior vice president, marketing, sales and customer service of Volvo Cars.
Press Release - July 8, 2014
Volvo Cars’ all-new XC90 will offer an unrivaled combination of power and clean operation when it is launched later this year. The all-wheel drive seven-seater will deliver guilt-free luxury SUV ownership, offering drivers around 400 horsepower but with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle). There has never been an SUV offering this level of power this cleanly.
“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the all-new XC90 you can have both.”
The new XC90 offers a range of Drive-E engine options, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency. The main distinguishing feature of the Drive-E engine range is that they are all four-cylinder engines.
“With our new Drive-E powertrains, we have created a family of intelligent gasoline engines with power curves that give exciting drivability at the same time as delivering world-beating fuel economy,” added Dr. Mertens. “With seven people in the new XC90, carbon dioxide emissions per person are outstandingly low."
The CO2 performance of the all-new XC90 will reinforce Volvo Cars’ leadership when it comes to bringing more environmentally-sound technologies to market. According to figures monitored by European car industry association ACEA, Volvo Car Group delivered an industry-leading reduction of average fleet emissions by 8.4 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Plug-in Hybrid - Twin Engine technology
Volvo has made it possible for a four-cylinder engine to provide all the driving pleasure associated with a much larger engine and do so far more efficiently and cleanly. Drive-E engines will, over time, be introduced across Volvo’s entire range and are already available on model year 2015 carlines.
For the all-new XC90, the top of the range plug-in hybrid ‘Twin Engine’ will carry the badge ‘T8’ and be a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one.
Normal driving is conducted in the default hybrid mode. This utilizes a two-liter; four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E gasoline engine that powers the front wheels and an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels.
It uses the supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range to give the engine a big, naturally-aspirated feel, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The electric motor on the rear wheels provides immediate torque.
But at the push of a button the driver can switch to quiet and emission-free city driving on pure electric power where the range will be around 25 miles, and then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the gasoline engine and electric motor, with its combined output of around 400 hp and 472 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Volvo XC90 range also includes a T6 gasoline engine option. The T6 turbo engine with supercharger and turbo will deliver 316 hp and a maximum torque of 295 lb.-ft. The T6 is expected to offer a best-in-class combination of power and fuel economy, even when compared to diesel models.
Not only is there no compromise in terms of performance or efficiency, but Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) chassis technology also allows for far more flexibility inside the car. Other carmakers have struggled to combine the bulk of a battery pack with a luxurious and spacious interior, something that Volvo has managed to overcome.
“Since our new SPA technology is designed from the start to accommodate electrification technologies, the Twin Engine installation does not compromise luggage or passenger space,” said Dr. Mertens.
Press Release - July 22, 2014
Designed around modern car buyers’ expectations of smart functionality, the all-new Volvo XC90 features a set of innovative solutions that make tricky parking situations and manoeuvring in tight spaces easy.
The IntelliSafe support technologies include an extended Park Assist Pilot, which now also offers automatic reversing into a parking bay as well as entering and exiting a parallel parking spot. The XC90 can also display a digitally created bird’s-eye view of the 360° area around the car on the large centre screen.
“Several studies by research institutes reveal that up to two-thirds of interviewed motorists feel uncomfortable in tight parking situations. Options such as the extended Park Assist Pilot and bird’s-eye view function turn these potentially stressful situations into comfortable, precise and safe manoeuvring,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.
The further-developed Park Assist Pilot facilitates both parallel and bay parking by taking over and operating the steering wheel while the driver handles the gearbox and controls the car’s speed.
Ultrasonic sensors detect the parking space
The parking manoeuvre is based on information from twelve ultrasonic sensors around the car. When the driver activates the Park Assist Pilot in a parallel parking situation, the sensors start to scan the side of the car for empty parking slots. When a parking slot measuring a minimum of 1.2 times the car’s length is detected, the driver is notified by an audible signal and a message in the instrument cluster. In a bay parking situation, the slot needs to be the width of the car plus one metre.
The display then guides the driver step by step via texts and animations in the instrument cluster until the car is parked.
A bird’s-eye view from above the car
The all-new XC90 also features a 360° Surround View that gives the driver a bird’s-eye view, an overview of the surrounding area, seen from a point above the car.
This bird’s-eye view is enabled by four concealed fish-eye cameras – one integrated into the front, one integrated in each of the door mirrors and one fitted above the rear number plate.
The 360° Surround View also gives the driver comfortable access to other views of the surrounding area such as front, rear and side views.
“The 360° Surround View is exceptionally useful in situations where the driver’s direct view is obstructed, such as leaving a tight driveway with obstacles on the sides or when reversing towards a trailer or caravan,” says Peter Mertens. “360° Surround View also provides great support during parking, for instance when you want to make sure that all parts of the car are within the lines of a parking spot.”
Cross Traffic Alert
The outstanding IntelliSafe solutions in the all-new XC90 also include Cross Traffic Alert, which covers the driver’s back when reversing out of a parking space. It warns of approaching traffic up to 30 metres on each side, alerting the driver with an audible signal and a warning on the centre screen.