All-New Volvo XC90: The Future is Bright
What do three years of investment and $11 billion look like? Well, it looks kind of like the all-new Volvo XC90. On the outside, it might appear to be just another stylish, new age SUV, but underneath – Volvo’s latest addition is much, much more. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Volvo XC90
The new XC90 strides into the model lineup as the first all-new car to be developed under the brand’s Chinese ownership (Geely Holding) and pioneers Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will underpin the glut of the brand’s upcoming models.
Alongside the new chassis come massive improvements in efficiency, luxury and safety, the most enticing of which might be the extensive choice of powertrain options. The XC90 packs Volvo’s new Drive-E engine family, all of which comprise 2.0-liter four-cylinder configurations in various setups.
The T6 gas engine combines turbocharging and supercharging to output an impressive 316-horsepower, driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The top of the line T8 gas model adds a torquey electric motor to the equation, which drives the rear wheels and brings total output up to 400-horsepower.
And despite its power, the new XC90 T8 keeps a light footprint – outputting around 60 g/km of carbon dioxide in testing. A twin-turbocharged D5 diesel packs in 222-horsepower, though it's unlikely to make the leap to North America.
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Performance figures aside, the XC90 trail blazes ahead in simplicity and style with the brand’s all-new touch screen center display, free of clutter and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Inside and out, the car embraces Scandinavian design – from its crystal-glass gear lever to its headlights shaped like Thor’s hammer.
Known for its history of safety, Volvo continues the tradition with new active and passive safety features to keep your family out of harms way, including systems that tighten seatbelts preemptively based on advanced terrain detection, new auto-braking technology that analyzes oncoming objects (pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles), and energy absorbing seats which cut spinal crash trauma by a third.
Volvo will offer a limited first edition series of the XC90, only 1,927 vehicles, sold exclusively through its online store (www.volvocars.com/us) beginning Sept. 3. Wearing Black Onyx exterior paint and sporting the 316 horsepower T6 AWD package, fully-loaded first editions will cost around $65,900.
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In effect, it’s part car and part vision – literally laying out the building blocks for Volvo in the future. And that future looks bright.
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