The Volvo XC90 was recently named the North American Truck/Utility of the Year and the company is hoping to keep that momentum going by introducing a new entry-level variant in the United States.

The Volvo XC90 was recently named the North American Truck/Utility of the Year and the company is hoping to keep that momentum going by introducing a new entry-level variant in the United States.

Set to slot beneath the XC90 T6, the $44,945 XC90 T5 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel drive system that enables the model to return 22 miles per gallon city and 26 mpg highway.   

An all-wheel drive system is optional and it costs an additional $2,000.  Thankfully, the crossover's fuel efficiency is largely kept intact as the all-wheel drive variant returns a respectable 22 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

Despite costing $3,850 less than the XC90 T6, the T5 variant comes nicely equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof, a hands-free tailgate, and 18-inch alloy wheels.  The interior isn't spartan either as drivers will find power front seats, a digital instrument cluster, and GPS navigation.  The model can also be equipped with a long list of options but unfortunately a third row seat isn't one of them.

Source: Volvo via Motor Trend

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