Volvo has released details about a newly developed multi-filter installed in the 2015 XC90's cabin which promises to significantly increase the air quality.

Volvo has released details about a newly developed multi-filter installed in the 2015 XC90's cabin which promises to significantly increase the air quality.

The second generation XC90 makes use of a "CleanZone" setup which improves interior cabin air quality thanks to a newly developed multi-filter larger and more efficient than conventional solutions. Designed specifically for Volvo's SPA platform, it will make its debut on the XC90 with a bigger layout capable of catching more pollen and particulates. Thanks to a layer of active charcoal, the filter will eliminate a series of contaminants which have a negative impact on our health.

Volvo has tested the new filter which brings a reduction of "fine dust" particles (smaller than 0,4 μm) of up to 70 percent compared to a car which lacks such a filter. Volvo says the filter is only a component of the Interior Air Quality System which also encompasses a sensor for monitoring the incoming air for noxious substances and once a harmful level is detected, the air intakes will automatically close.

When the driver unlocks the 2015 XC90 using the remote control, the ventilation system will automatically vent out the interior air in just 60 seconds in order to eliminate any emissions and odors. Moreover, Volvo says they are using less toxic materials with fewer harmful additives for the interior cabin while the Volvo Cars Nose Team is in charge of literally smelling different parts to find out whether their odor is normal or too strong.

Lastly, the XC90 takes part in a sun simulator test in which the interior is heated to 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit) and then the emissions of total volatile organic compounds and aldehydes are measured to check whether their levels are normal or high.

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Volvo details larger multi-filter which cleans the XC90's cabin [video]