2016 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is one of the best-selling and most critically well-received models from the Swedish brand. Since its inception in 2002 the XC90 has been praised for its incredible build quality and its family-friendly design. Despite its many great features, very little has changed for the XC90 in the last 12 years, and the car is starting to show its age. The refresh in 2007 and the updates over the last few years have been merely stop gaps for this; the all-new second-generation Volvo XC90 . The SUV was just redesigned for the 2016 model year and the Swedes updated it in every department. Brand-new styling, a completely reworked interior and state-of-the art convenience and safety features are here to help the XC90 give its competitors a run for their money.

The platform is also all-new and brings a hybrid drivetrain with it. A first for the XC90, which enters a new era that focuses on fuel economy more than anything else. Gone are the 4.4-liter V-8 and the 3.2-liter inline-six. This SUV is now a four-cylinder exclusive machine. Don’t worry though, power is still up there and the amount of technology is greater than ever before.

So let’s jump right into it, shall we?

Updated 8/27/2014: Following a series of leaks, Volvo released the majority of the information on the 2016 XC90.

Continue reading to find out about the all-new Volvo XC90.

Update History

Updated 8/26/2014: A fresh batch of photos of the Volvo XC90 have been leaked. There are a lot of them to enjoy so click on the gallery and see fanciest production Volvo we’ve seen in quite some time.

Spy Shots

June, 5 2013 - First Mule Caught Testing

Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90

February 3, 2014 - First real XC90 out testing

Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90
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Exterior

Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90

The second-gen Volvo XC90 is a far cry from its predecessor as far as styling is concerned

The second-gen Volvo XC90 is a far cry from its predecessor as far as styling is concerned. Sure, the SUV is still recognizable as a Volvo Volvo product, but the new styling is a huge step forward from the XC90 we’re all familiar with. Up front, not even an inch reminds us for the first-gen model. The front fascia has been completely redesigned, now incorporating a new, modern grille and slender headlamps fitted with "Thor’s Hammer" daytime running LED lights. And while the headlights are sharper and narrower, the grille is also taller and extends into the apron. The bumper, now integrated into the one-piece front fascia, carries a different air dam configuration with one large inlet flanked by two vents highlighted by chrome trims. Down below, two additional, smaller inlets round off the lower apron. The hood has also been reshaped, with muscular creases enhancing the vehicle’s powerful character.

Around back, Volvo kept the XC90’s traditional taillights that run along the tailgate’s height. However, the units have been redesigned to embrace the tailgate’s center section. The tailgate itself features a more intricate design that blends in perfectly with the new taillights. The revised bumper boasts a refined design and incorporates a dual exhaust configuration, hinting that Volvo has focused on ditching the XC90’s bulky appearance.

The second-gen SUV looks a lot more familiar from the side, although it appears the Swedes have spend a lot of time in gifting it with a more pronounced beltline. With the revised wheel arches also comes a new character line, which sits above the side sills when compared to the previous model. The glass area changed only slightly, but the new chrome trim and blacked-out pillars showcase a crisper, luxurious look.

2016 Volvo XC90 - Exterior Dimensions

Length194.9 In.
Width84.3 In.
Height59.9 In.
Wheelbase117.5 In.
Front Track65.7 In.

Interior

Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90

The interior of the XC90 is easily the nicest and most luxurious of any of Volvo’s SUV past or present

The interior of the XC90 is easily the nicest and most luxurious of any of Volvo’s SUV past or present. Soft Nappa leather can be found throughout the cabin, highlighted by stunning slabs of flamed-birch wood trim. To up the wow factor even further, Volvo has contracted famous Swedish glass maker Orrefors to create a gear lever made of crystal.

Thanks to the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture, the new XC90 is both incredibly roomy and unbelievably safe. The new platform has allowed Volvo to increase interior space, and the new SPA has been built from the ground up to allow Volvo to include all of the latest and greatest safety features available. As it stands, Volvo has a goal to make sure that no occupants are killed are seriously injured in any of its new cars by 2020. That is quite the goal, indeed.

As for comfort, the increased space helps, but Volvo has paid special attention to how that space is divided. The XC90 was already praised for having one of the greatest sets of third-row seats, but they felt they need improvement anyway. The third row is capable of holding people up to 5’7” and the third row is moved slightly inward to create a theater-style seating arrangement, allowing third row occupants to see past second-row seats.

Technology

Volvo XC90

Technology has been used to make the XC90 safer and easier to drive as well

Technology has been a major focus of the redesign as well. The main interface for the car is a large touchscreen that is the size of most tablet devices. Most of the controls for the various systems of the XC90 have been replaced with touch, leaving very few actual buttons in the cabin. This makes the cabin look and feel very futuristic, but it could hamper usability.

Technology has been used to make the XC90 safer and easier to drive as well. The new and updated IntelliSafe technologies of the XC90 include systems like the extended Park Assist Pilot. Not only can this system pull a car into or out of a parallel parking spot, it can now manage to back a car directly into a standard space too. The system is also capable of displaying a full 360-degree view of the car, much like Nissan’s AroundView monitor technology. Cross Traffic Alert is another system coming to the newest version of the Swedish SUV. The system can detect if a car is approaching from either side from up to 90 feet away. This is most useful when backing out of a crowded parking space when you can’t necessarily see what is coming on either side.

Drivetrain

Volvo XC90

The second-gen XC90 has no less than five powertrains at its disposal, but the big news is the addition of a hybrid drivetrain

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 brand-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 2016 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.

2016 Volvo XC90 - Drivetrain/Specifications

Type D5 Twin Turbo Diesel D4 turbo diesel T6 Turbo engine T5 turbo T8 hybrid
Output225 HP190 HP316 HP254 HP400 HP
Torque346 LB-FT295 LB-FT295 LB-FT258 LB-FT472 LB-FT

Pricing

Volvo XC90

Pricing details will be announced later into 2014, but Volvo said a well-equipped XC90 T6 AWD will begin from $48,900. The said model is fitted with standard navigation, 19-inch wheels, a power laminated panoramic sunroof, and state-of-the-art car connectivity.

Competitors

Audi Q5

Audi Q5

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.

BMW X3

BMW X3

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 turbo-diesel 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.

Conclusion

Volvo XC90

The second-generation XC90 is everything Volvo said it would be. It sports a spectacular exterior design for an SUV and one of the most luxurious and futuristic-looking cabin in its segment. State-of-the art technology makes it safer and easier to drive, while the engine lineup was developed to satisfy a wide range of customer needs. Powerful yet fuel-efficient, the gasoline and diesel four-pots have been joined by a hybrid drivetrain boasting revolutionary technology. The new XC90 is most certainly ready to go out and meet its competitors and we’re just dying to hop aboard and test it for ourselves.

LOVE IT
  • Stunning exterior design
  • Luxurious, futuristic interior
  • Poweful, efficient engines
  • Promising hybrid drivetrain
  • State-of-the-art safety and technology
LEAVE IT
  • Expensive
  • Futuristic cabin could hamper usability
  • Rough market with numerous competitors

Press Release

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.

Volvo XC90

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.

Volvo XC90

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.

Volvo XC90

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.

Volvo XC90

“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.

Volvo XC90

“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.

Volvo XC90

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.

Engine options

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.

Volvo XC90

“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.

Volvo XC90

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

Volvo XC90

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.

Press Release - August 12, 2014

Volvo’s all-new XC90 – which will be launched in two weeks’ time in Stockholm – will be the first car in its range to be built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology developed in-house.

SPA has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years and is the cornerstone of the company’s ongoing USD 11bn transformation plan. It will be introduced with the all-new XC90 and then rolled out across the product range in future.

The benefits of SPA are twofold. First, the flexibility of SPA liberates Volvo’s engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring design features at the same time as improving driveability, introducing world-first safety features, offering the latest connected car technologies and creating more interior space.

“SPA and the XC90 are firm evidence of our Volvo-by-Volvo strategy. The XC90’s outstanding combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and safety will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original XC90 did in 2002,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.

Secondly, SPA will change the way Volvo builds cars in future by allowing a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies – all of differing complexity – to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale.

“SPA gives us a fresh technological start. Around 90 per cent of the components in the all-new XC90 and upcoming models are new and unique. We are raising the bar to the very top of the premium league when it comes to quality and technology level in every vital area,” says Dr Mertens.

Liberating technology

More freedom for designers

With SPA, previous design limitations in areas such as wheelbase, overhang, vehicle height and the height of the front are removed.

“This has created greater freedom for us to design cars with a confident stance, dynamic proportions and a number of distinctive design signatures. Our three recent concept cars have demonstrated this capability. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed in two weeks,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

Outstanding driving pleasure and flexibility

The new SPA chassis technology reduces weight and improves weight distribution, improving driving pleasure without compromising on ride comfort.

SPA also allows for far more flexibility inside the car. The new XC90 features innovatively designed seats that free up interior space for passengers in the second and third rows, helping make the new XC90 a genuine seven-seater.

The sliding function on all seats in the second row can be used to create more legroom for passengers in the third row – or to increase loading capacity. The seats in the third row offer class-leading comfort for passengers up to 170 cm tall.

“SPA has enabled us to create the world’s first no-compromise SUV,” says Dr Mertens. “You get the agility of a much smaller and lower car, an in-command feel and generous interior space, plus an adrenaline rush delivered by powertrains that offer an unrivalled combination of power and low emissions. Of course, it carries the Volvo badge, meaning world-class safety is standard.”

Unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency

The new XC90 offers a range of Drive-E engine options, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency. This modular family of two-litre, four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines has several levels of turbocharging to cover the whole range from high power and torque variants to fuel-efficient versions.

The top-of-the-range XC90 ‘Twin Engine’ combines a two-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and offers an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation – around 400 horsepower with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle).

SPA is also able to integrate electrification at all levels without intruding on interior space or load space. 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 with SPA.

Improved safety without compromises

SPA helps make it possible for Volvo to bolster the company’s world-leading reputation for safety without compromising on design, size or weight. Thanks to the extensive use of high-strength boron steel, SPA cars can be made more compact and safer at the same time.

SPA also includes an innovative electrical architecture that elevates the car’s intelligence level significantly. It is designed to make it easy to integrate new technology within fast-moving areas such as microprocessor, sensor and camera technology. This facilitates the introduction of new accident-preventing safety solutions – and enables rapid introduction of new multimedia and connectivity options.

“We have created a single nerve system with full control over all the connections in the vehicle. This is unique in the industry,” says Dr Mertens.

Industrial benefits

In addition to the significant product-related advantages of the scalable architecture there are also industrial benefits.

SPA allows Volvo to develop a model range consisting of cars based on the same joint modules and interfaces, scalable systems and components and built in a flexible production system. This means all Volvo models from the 60-cluster upwards can be built on the same production line irrespective of complexity.

The new face of Volvo: ‘Thor’s Hammer’ running lights

Today, for the first time, Volvo is revealing images of the front end or ‘face’ of the new XC90 SUV, which is distinguished by its T-shaped running lights, christened ‘Thor’s Hammer’ by the design team after the shape of the hammer used by the famous Norse god of thunder Thor.

“Anyone who looks in their rear-view mirror is going to know immediately that there is a new XC90 behind them,” says Mr Ingenlath. “The XC90 is a car that has presence on the road.”

Press Release - August 26, 2014

Months of speculation ended today after Volvo Cars unveiled its all-new Volvo XC90, delivering on its promise to introduce a visually striking, premium quality seven-seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

Three years in the making and part of a USD 11bn investment programme, the new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

“This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand. This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group.

Volvo’s new face

Symbolising this historic day in Volvo’s 87 year history, the new XC90 will be the first of its cars to carry the company’s new more prominent iron mark, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. Together with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights, the iron mark introduces an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo’s forthcoming generation of cars.

The XC90’s larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the tattoo-like, new rear lights are other important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range.

To add more visual muscle from the sides, the XC90 comes with a range of wheel sizes up to 22 inches.

“The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish lifestyle: the generous space, the celebration of light and the focus on wellbeing,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

First SUV without compromises

The XC90 is firm evidence of the Volvo-by-Volvo strategy. Its outstanding combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and safety will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original XC90 achieved in 2002.

“SPA has enabled us to create the world’s first SUV without compromises,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “You get the in-command feel, generous interior space and flexible capability combined with the agility and smooth comfort of a much smaller and lower car. The adrenaline rush that is key to true driving pleasure is delivered by powertrains that offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation. And since the XC90 carries the Volvo badge, world-class safety is standard.”

Unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency

The new XC90 offers a range of two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency.

The top of the range XC90 Twin Engine, which combines a two-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor, offers an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation: around 400 horsepower with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle).

Most comprehensive standard safety package

The all-new XC90 offers the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry. It includes two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability.

In a run-off road scenario, the all-new Volvo XC90 detects what is happening and the front safety belts are tightened to keep the occupants in position. To help prevent spine injuries, energy-absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can arise when the car encounters a hard landing in the terrain.

The XC90 is the first car in the world with technology that features automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car. This is a common scenario at busy city crossings as well as on highways, where the speed limits are higher.

City Safety becomes the umbrella name for all of Volvo Cars’ auto brake functions, which are standard equipment in the all-new XC90. It now covers vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car, day and night.

The all-new Volvo XC90 – front offset crash test

“The new technologies will take us a significant step closer to our vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020,” says Dr Mertens. “Our starting point on safety is the same today as it was when the company was created almost 90 years ago: real-life situations. We study data. We crunch numbers. We innovate. The result is one of the safest cars ever made.”

Three focus areas will help Volvo Cars to reach Vision 2020: safety, connectivity and autonomous drive.

“With the XC90, we take the first step towards self-driving cars. A new function that automatically follows the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic will provide a radically simplified, semi-autonomous driving experience,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management of Volvo Car Group.

Luxurious interior

The XC90’s interior is the most luxurious to have been designed for a Volvo. The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system. This system is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services. It also helps create an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered.

“The new interior is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect. The simplicity is perfectly in tune with our Scandinavian design heritage. It opens up generous surfaces and gives us the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture,” says Mr Ingenlath.

The new XC90 interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. Craftsmanship has been in sharp focus during the whole development work.

The all-new Volvo XC90 - interior

The genuine seven seater features new, innovatively designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers both in the second and third seat rows. The third row offers class-leading comfort for two passengers up to 170 cm tall.

One of the top audio systems in the world

The XC90 features one of the top audio systems available in the automotive world after Volvo Cars audio experts joined forces with their counterparts at the renowned British audio equipment company Bowers & Wilkins.

The top-of-the-line system in the XC90 features a 1,400 Watt Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers. It also includes one of the first air-ventilated subwoofers in a car. Integrated into the car body, it turns the whole interior space into a giant subwoofer.

The latest sound processing software has ben used to manage the timing of the sound and co-ordination of the speakers. This brings the emotional experience of a world-class live performance into the car.

Two main accessory themes

The all-new XC90 is available with a range of accessories that makes it possible for the owner to create a truly personalised car. There are two major exterior styling themes:

The Urban Luxury package combines a colour co-ordinated body kit with polished stainless steel details, such as front deco frames, front and rear skid plates and side scuff plates. The 21-inch exclusive polished wheels complete the elegant look.
The Rugged Luxury kit enhances the ruggedness of the XC90 SUV with tech matte black exterior trim, stainless steel skid plates, running boards with illumination and integrated exhaust pipes. This version is supplemented by unique 22-inch wheels.

Pricing

Full details on the pricing will be announced at a later date, but a well-equipped XC90 T6 AWD will have a starting price of $48,900. The XC90 T6 AWD will come standard with such luxurious features as Navigation, 19” wheels, a power laminated panoramic sunroof, state-of-the-art car connectivity and is expected to deliver best-in-class power and fuel efficiency.


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