The model features a more aggressive look thanks to a full aerodynamic body kit that includes modified front and rear bumpers, bigger alloy wheels with lightly altered wheel arches, twin exhausts, silver roof rails and matt silver side mirrors.
Inside the cabin Volvo has equipped the XC90 with new sports seats, steering wheel paddles, a steering wheel with perforated leather and sports pedals.
Volvo explains the R-Design will be positioned above the entry-level Momentum and will serve as a sportier alternative to the more luxury Inscription variant.
"In principle, we have replaced the previous top level with the Inscription and R-Design versions. Both of them feature an elevated content, carefully chosen to emphasise each of their distinctive individual personalities,” commented Alain Visser, senior vice president, marketing, sales and customer service of Volvo Car Group.
Power will be provided by the same engine range as the standard XC90. This means a lineup of 4-cylinder diesel and petrol units will be available as well as a range-topping T8 plug-in hybrid variant. It features a 2.0-liter turbocharged & supercharged four-cylinder unit driving the front wheels and an 80 bhp (60 kW) electric motor to power the rear axle. The combined output is rated at 400 bhp (298 kW).
The XC90 R-Design will be available from October this year with deliveries expected to start in May 2015.