2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge
Mazda has the MX-30. Volkswagen has the ID.3, and the ID.4 is almost done brewing. Porsche has the Taycan. Mercedes-Benz has the EQC and Audi the e-tron. BMW had the i3 and is now cooking the i4, while Jaguar relies on the I-Pace, so Volvo couldn’t just sit around and watch the competition get ahead. So there it is, the Swedish carmaker’s first-ever electric car, which opens the avenue for a downfall of EVs grouped under the Recharge moniker. Ladies and gents, let’s meet the new Volvo XC40 Recharge.
2020 Volvo XC90
The 2020 Volvo XC90 is an updated version of the second-generation SUV. Unveiled in 2019, it features a mild exterior upgrade and adds new technology inside the cabin. The Swedish SUV carries over with the same engines, but it now includes an energy recovery braking system that enhances fuel economy. Additional safety equipment rounds out the XC90’s mid-cycle facelift, which keeps the crossover competitive against vehicles like the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.
Uber Moves to Resume Autonomous Testing on Public Roads
Uber wants to resume testing of its autonomous vehicle systems eight months after a Volvo SUV, part of the Uber test program struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Now, Uber wants to kick off testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and hopes to regain public trust.
Back in March, a Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with Uber’s self-driving systems hit a pedestrian who was crossing a street at night in Tempe, Arizona. Although the person was hit away from a crosswalk, Arizona officials quickly suspended Uber’s permits that allowed it to test the new technology on public roads in the aftermath of the incident.
Now, Uber has released a detailed safety report to showcase the lengths it will go to to ensure that future testing of the autonomous technology will be carried out safely. The company stated that it carefully analyzed what went wrong and that it has improved the onboard systems and now wants to resume testing in Pennsylvania.
2019 BMW X7 vs 2019 Volvo XC90
The BMW X7’s arrival adds another worthy challenger to what is becoming a crowded mid-size luxury SUV market. The X7 joins other established models like the Mercedes GLE-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and the model that it’s being compared to here: the Volvo XC90. It’s been a while since BMW and Volvo are talked about in equal terms. That’s a credit to the incredible gains Volvo has achieved in re-establishing its place in the luxury vehicle segment. The BMW X7 arrives just in time to compete with the XC90, so it’s reasonable to compare to the two to determine which of these two SUVs has the edge over the other.
What in the World is Volvo Teasing?
Volvo recently took to its Facebook page to unveil a teaser video, promising what could be the “sound of your ride.” No clue or hints were divulged other than the cryptic #360c hashtag. It doesn’t say anything revealing, which leads to the question on what exactly is Volvo teasing with the “sound of #360c”?
Wallpaper of the day: 2016 Volvo XC60
As the largest model of Volvo’s 60 Series of vehicles, the XC60 has big shoes to fill. Even bigger than ever before now that SUVs and Crossovers are just so popular. And, that’s exactly why Volvo decided to completely revamp the XC60 for the 2018 model year. It hit the market with more technology than ever, a plush interior equal to that of cars that sit well above it, tons of power (up to 407 horsepower in the right configuration,) and an exterior design that is to die for. It has now been joined by the 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon and the recently-debuted (as in this week) Volvo S60 sedan. And, with these two cars now gracing our lives, we thought it would be nice to honor the biggest model of the 60 Series by making the XC60 our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked favorite or slip on down to the gallery below for a healthy selection of other wallpaper-quality images.
Are Volvos Safe? This Video Says Yes Sir!
A Reddit user posted a video of what appears to be a late-2000s Volvo XC70 getting into a head-on collision with a massive truck. Usually, this is the kind of video that makes you cringe, knowing the occupants of the vehicle were severely injured, but they were driving a Volvo. If you ever questioned whether or not Volvo made safe cars, well this is a real-world crash test that answers with a definite YES.
There isn’t a lot of information to go by, but we know this is an older XC70 that didn’t include things like lane-keep assist or the like. Clearly, the Volvo driver was at fault. Prior to the crazy accident, the vehicle slowly drifts out of its lane and right into the path of that big truck. It doesn’t even appear as if the drive in the Volvo hit his brakes, so he was probably distracted with more important things – you know, a text message, browsing facebook, or watching porn.
The car behind him was the lucky one with a dash cam and was actually able to stop before making things worse, but what happens after that is sheer lunacy. For a collision that would likely result in injury for most cars on the road, this driver seems more angry than anything, throwing a big piece of the dash, which was obviously karma’s way of slapping him in the face, out of the car. I’m sure there were a few naughty words said in the process and, according to later posts, the driver walked away uninjured.
Regardless of what caused the accident, it goes to show one thing – Volvos are pretty damn safe. I’m sure the driver was sore the next day, and he probably got whacked in the face by that piece of dash trim pretty good. But, considering what the outcome could have been, I’m pretty sure he should be writing Volvo one hell of a thank you note – their design philosophy probably just save his life, or at the very least, saved him from serious injury.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go trade in my Volkswagen Golf for an older Volvo XC70. Check out the video below, and I’m sure you’ll want to do the same.
The Volvo XC60 was completely revamped for 2018 and boy did it come with fresh looks. The headlights are sexy, the front end as a whole is very attractive, and it’s got just the right silhouette. It’s definitely a strong proposition in an overpopulated market, to say the least. What’s even more attractive are the engine options available, bringing anywhere from 190 and 407 horsepower to the table. Either way, we find it a good fit for our wallpaper of the day, so we’ve hand-picked our favorite wallpaper just for you. And, if you don’t like our favorite, we’ve thrown in some more at the bottom for you to pick from. Go ahead and snag a few, they’re free for the taking.
Uber’s Fatal Crash Caused Because Its Software Chose to Ignore the Cyclist in the Road
At this point, you already know about Uber’s fatal crash, and you know that neither the vehicle (artificial intelligence) or the person behind the wheel applied the brakes. Well, a report coming out of The Information cites sources close to the matter, saying that the software identified the cyclist but chose to ignore it. Let me repeat that. The car’s sensors realized there was a pedestrian in the road, but made a decision not to react right away.
This sounds like a clear-cut case AI taking the chance kill (let’s not forget about that robot that said it wanted to kill the human race) but the truth is that Uber’s software was “tuned” to ignore false positives. So, what is a false positive? Think about a plastic bag in the road or somebody’s old beer can rolling around in the street. It happens, and we all ignore it too. Uber claims that it’s simply a case of tuning gone wrong, or in other words, Uber’s software was set to react less to certain objects in the road. So much for erring on the side of caution.
Uber Had Disabled Volvo’s Safety Systems in that XC90 That Fatally Hit a Pedestrian
According to Aptiv, the company that supplies Volvo’s radar and camera, Uber had disabled the standard collision avoidance system on the XC90 that plowed into that pedestrian. For now, everyone else is remaining largely silent with Uber declining to comment and Volvo saying the company can’t speculate on the cause of the incident. However, Intel’s Mobileye, Aptiv’s supplier of chips and sensors for collision-avoidance systems played a video of the incident, and its software was able to detect the pedestrian one second before impact even with the “second-hand” quality of the video.
This, of course, is a move by Aptiv and Intel to protect themselves and their client, Volvo, who was apparently - -if these reports are to be believed – free of fault as the systems were disabled during the incident. This notion certainly angles the blame at Uber’s technology, which could be a huge problem for the company as Arizona has already revoked its permission to test autonomous cars on public roads. And, it certainly goes to show that Uber has a lot of work to do and really has no business having driverless cars on the road. The question now is, whether or not the rest of Uber’s autonomous operations will be subject to interruption. After all, the company just got done boasting its autonomous truck fleet.
For what it’s worth, disabling standard safety equipment included with vehicles at purchase may be a normal practice in order to help facilitate testing Uber’s own self-driving system. Even if it is standard practice, it looks like that standard practice may change in the near future, don’t you think?
Volvo is currently in the process of revamping its lineup, but once it’s done, it may cram a Coupe-SUV into its lineup. The new model would be unlike anything in Volvo’s current lineup and would take on models like the BMW X2 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. The news comes shortly after Volvo filed a trademark for the XC50 name, hinting that it could sit above the XC40 and below the XC60.
The Volvo XC40 Will Go All-Electric with a Range of 310 Miles!
The Volvo XC40 may be Volvo’s smallest SUV, but it’s making big waves in the news with reports that the model is going to receive an infusion of new powertrains that will include the automaker’s first three-cylinder engine, a plug-in hybrid, and an all-electric setup. The all-electric XC40 will reportedly get a range of around 310 miles and will be the second zero-emissions Volvo to hit the market, preceded only by a hatchback model that the Swedish automaker is developing from the 40.2 Concept that it introduced last year.
Uber Bites Into Volvo Big Time; Orders 24,000 Models
Volvo and Uber aren’t messing around with their partnership. The two companies initially signed a strategic agreement in 2016 that included Volvo supplying Uber with a fleet of XC90 SUVs. Now, Uber’s taking it to a whole new level by ordering 24,000 units from the Swedish automaker between 2019 and 2021. No mention was made on which Volvo models Uber is getting, but all units will come with autonomous driving technology.
Visual Comparison: Volvo XC40 VS Jaguar E-Pace
Volvo has recently introduced their compact, premium SUV, the XC40, in Milan, Italy. It happens to be the third vehicle to join Volvo’s SUV lineup and has a lot of work to do in a crowded segment. The Compact SUV also happens to be Volvo’s first vehicle to be underpinned by their new modular vehicle architecture (CMA) platform. This platform will also support Volvo’s fully electric vehicles of the future as the brand continues to evolve. All told, the XC40 sits below the XC60 in the lineup and competes with some other recently unveiled smaller premium SUVs like the Jaguar E-Pace.
The E-Pace borrows some of its design formulas from the flagship F-Pace Crossover, much like the XC40 borrows some DNA from its larger brethren. Surprisingly, both of these SUV’s seem to have inherited all their technologies from the bigger SUV of their lineup. Both the Volvo XC40 and the Jaguar E-Pace will be available with a thirst for diesel or petrol at the time of launch (and, depending on the market) and can be optioned with four-wheel drive as well.
Side-Impact Crash Test Shows 2018 Volvo XC40 is a Winner
Volvo has a reputation to uphold – one based on keeping its passengers safe during a crash. To that point, the Swedish automaker has already published a video showing the all-new 2018 XC40 undergoing side-impact crash testing. Keep in mind this video is hitting the web the same day Volvo is debuting the luxury crossover in Milan, Italy. Needless to say, safety is taking a front seat.
The video depicts Volvo’s internally conducted crash testing. The automaker has done this for years to reassure its engineers and corporate brass that a vehicle will behave as expected when tested by independent agencies like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not much would be worse than a botched crash test to damage Volvo’s legacy of crash survivability. Thankfully, it seems Volvo has nothing to worry about with side-impact testing; the video shows both dummies protected by side curtain airbags and adequately restrained by seat belts in this 50-kmh, 31-mph test. Intrusion into the cabin is minimal and even the glass shards are diverted away from the dummies’ faces thanks to the airbag. The driver has even more protection thanks to a torso airbag that inflates from the seat’s side bolster.
The new XC40 will see big production numbers as it’s a key player in Volvo’s plan to boost its global sales by nearly 50 percent to 800,000 by 2020. It joins the new XC60 and the two-year-old XC90 in Volvo’s SUV lineup, along with its S90 and S60 sedans and V90 Cross Country and V60 wagons. Here in the U.S., the 2018 XC40 will begin arriving in showrooms in March 2018 and ordering books are already open. Volvo has set a $33,200 starting price for its smallest crossover – not a bad deal considering the XC40’s swanky interior, long list of safety features, and its high-tech powertrains.
2018 Volvo XC60
The Volvo XC60 has been around since 2008 and was updated for the 2014 model year. Nine years after its introduction to the market, Volvo decided it was time to usher in a new generation, and usher one in they did. The new-gen model comes complete with a new design inside and out, new safety systems that include steer assist and oncoming lane mitigation, and a new “CleanZone” climate control system that is said to remove harmful pollutants from the air outside of the cabin when the ventilation system is functioning. Volvo will offer the new XC60 with its T8 hybrid powertrain, the D4 and D5 diesel powertrains, and the T5 and T6 gasoline powertrains for a power range that stretches between 190 horsepower and as much as 407 horsepower. In the right configuration, this SUV can hit 62 mph in 5.3 seconds.
“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials, and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.
So, it all sounds pretty good, right? Well, let’s take a closer look at the new XC60 to see if it really lives up to all that hype.
Update 5/17/2017: Volvo has announced that the 2018 Volvo XC60 will start out at $41,500 for the entry-level T5 trim level. Check out the prices section below for full details.
The New Volvo XC60 Steers Clear of Trouble Automatically While Offering Increased Comfort and a Fresh Look
After nine long years on the market, Volvo is finally ready to usher in the second generation XC60 SUV, and it comes complete with added comfort, a couple of extra safety features, and a fresh interior look that pushes it well into the realm of being able to compete with other premium SUVs once again. The outside of the XC60 has also morphed into a sleeker and much more attractive offering with deep, strategically placed lines, a revised waistline, and an overall more attractive package.
The new exterior look starts off up front with the revised grille that still sports a chrome surround and the traditional Volvo emblem, but now has vertical slats that seem to float within the grille surround. The new headlight units are thinner and link to the grille, but feature a unique LED strip that runs horizontally across the center of the light before getting taller and wider in the outside corners. Appropriately, it’s called the “Thors Hammer” LED strip because it just seems to fit.
The lower portion of the fascia has been reformed to offer a sense of depth. The big changes to the sides include a belt line that swoops upward in the rear, reshaped rear quarter glass, a toned down side profiles, and some new wheels. Finally, sleeker and modern-looking taillights give the rear end a new look, while the lower fascia has been revised to include better placement of the exhaust outlets. All told, it’s an attractive exterior package, but what about the interior?
Inside, things get even juicier as a full update was in order, and boy did Volvo deliver. The seats now feature perforated center sections, while the center console is now taller, and doesn’t have that weird grade that the current model has, allowing for a central armrest up front. As such, the center console and center stack don’t appear to be one whole unit, and that ugly recessed infotainment display has been replaced by a much larger unit that protrudes from the dash just a bit. The whole dash has been redesign and is very pleasing to look at. The upper portion of the dash is wrapped in leather and gets contrasting stitching. The top pad creates a tiny overhang for the whole dash, including the instrument cluster and the new vent layout is much more attractive.
On the technology front, Volvo hasn’t said a whole lot, but considering this is a 2018 model and won’t launch for at least a few more months, that isn’t too surprising. However, the model you see here is sporting what appears to be a fully digital instrument cluster, with two primary gauges – one for speed and one that serves as a tachometer. The infotainment display serves not only as the centerpiece for navigation, communication, and audio pleasure, but also serves as the control for the integrated HVAC system – something that means fewer physical buttons and a cleaner overall appearance inside the cabin.
Volvo claims that the new XC60 is fully-loaded with new technology, but what that really means is that the City Safety system has been upgraded to include “Steer Assist.” This feature goes hand-in-hand with the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system and will help steer the vehicle clear if oncoming traffic poses an immediate hazard, and the driver doesn’t react. It’s also integrated into the blind spot warning system and will help prevent accidental collisions with vehicles hidden off in your blind spot during lane changes.
On the drivetrain front, Volvo comes correct yet again, with power output increases across the board. At launch, you’ll be able to get the new XC60 with The gasoline powered T5 and T6 engines that now offer 254 horsepower and 320 horsepower, respectively. That’s an increase of 14 horsepower for the T5 and 18 horsepower for the T6. Volvo will also offer a couple of diesel powertrains (not likely to find their way into U.S. models, I’m sure) with the D4 engine offering up 190 horsepower and the D5 offering up 235 horsepower.
Finally, there’s the T8 Twin Engine hybrid that sits at the top of the range and delivers a cool 407 horsepower, which is enough to push the XC60 to the 62-mph mark in 5.3 seconds. Volvo hasn’t released torque figures for most of the engines, or any other performance-related information, but T6 carries on with the same 295 pound-feet of torque, so I suspect torque figures will remain the same for the other drivetrains as well. AWD should be available on certain trim levels as well.
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