Following months of anticipation, the all-new Volvo XC90 has been revealed to the world, 12 years after the luxury SUV broke onto the scene.
The Swedish manufacturer has lifted the lid on the its flagship model which will come to British shores next spring and promises to be one of the safest, most hi-tech and economical cars in its class.
Revealed today at the company’s home in Stockholm, the public will get its first proper look at the new XC90 at October’s Paris motor show; for now, though, here are all the details you need to know about Volvo’s stunning new car.
We saw in the months leading up to the new XC90’s reveal a number of concepts that would determine the future of Volvo’s design direction. Looking at what we see in these images, we can tell that the very same styling cues have been carried over to the official model.
Sophisticated new metalwork for the XC90’s body ensures the car is strong as well as light. What will grab most people’s attention, however, is the new face of the XC90 – something which will carry onto other models – with a prominent chrome grille new for any Volvo, along with the T-shaped LED daytime running lights.
The new XC90’s accentuated broad stance creates a car with great stature, but also one that benefits those inside, with the SUV serving up ample room for passengers as a result. We’ve already seen most of the new XC90’s interior but now we have more details, such as a closer look at the touchscreen centrepiece and the clutter-free dash.
A mixture of high-quality woods and leather make for a gloriously luxurious cabin, while touches of further class are highlighted by crystal-glass gear lever and diamond cut starter button and volume controls.
Getting up to speed
Volvo has been determined to make the all-new XC90 one of the leading models in the world from a technological standpoint, and they look to have succeeded.
Safety is a key element to ensuring this status and so the new XC90 boasts two world-firsts in safety technology. The first of which is a run-off protection system which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing in the seats when the car detects tough terrain ahead.
The second is an auto-braking feature which automatically cuts in if a driver pulls in front of oncoming traffic. Because of these and other elements, Volvo believes the new XC90 is the world’s first SUV built without compromise.
The new model’s underpinnings are also a sign of Volvo attempting to build a large car on a completely new scale when it comes to technology. The new XC90 is built upon the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which will help Volvo launch a brand new structure to build future cars upon. Lighter and stronger, the SPA is also safer and increases passenger space inside the cabin within the second and third rows of the seven-seater.
Up front, the latest XC90 bring with it new line up of highly efficient petrol and diesel engines. Each unit will be of a 2.0-litre capacity and come under Volvo’s new Drive-E series. Hybrid technology will be a big feature, with a new 390bhp petrol-hybrid combining the 2.0 powerplant and an electric motor to deliver just 60g/km of CO2.
Only all-wheel drive versions will be available at launch next April with the entry-level model expected to cost around £40,000; front-wheel variants will arrive in September of the same year. Also launching with the initial examples will be the special edition XC90 First Edition models which will start at £68,785 and be available with every option included, with an exclusive batch of 1,927 to be had.