Volvo has revealed the all-new seven-seat XC90 ahead of its 2015 UK launch – billing the launch day as one of the most important in the firm’s history.
The first product of Volvo’s $11 billion new product drive, the new XC90 also debuts Volvo’s new design language, new interior technology and the new Scalable Product Architecture which will underpin most of its future new cars.
“We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand,” said President and CEO of Volvo Car Group, Håkan Samuelsson.
“This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years.
“This is one of the most important days in our history.”
New 2015 Volvo XC90: design
The new XC90 is a clear evolution of the original car, but one with much more substance and modernity. It has stronger shoulders, a new front end layout, bigger windows and more of an SUV appearance than the rakish original.
Reflecting its target market, the new Volvo XC90 offers alloy wheels up to 22 inches in size.
The new Volvo XC90 also reveals Volvo’s new family front end look. The ‘iron mark’ arrow is now aligned with the diagonal strake across the grille, for symmetry, and there’s a new ‘Thor’s Hammer’ daytime running light strip in the headlights. All future new Volvos will boast a variation of this front end look.
New 2015 Volvo XC90: interior
Volvo’s placing particular emphasis on the interior of the all-new XC90, which it says reflects the Swedish lifestyle: “celebration of light and the focus on wellbeing”.
The centrepiece is a new tablet-like touchscreen console, which Motoring Research trialled (and was impressed with) at the Geneva Motor Show this year. This helps make it “pure and uncluttered” without cutting back on the sophistication (and opportunity for packing in gadgetry) that premium buyers demand.
It’s luxurious too: there are diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and stereo volume, premium soft leather and wood, even a gearlever made of crystal Orrefors glass.
It’s a full-size seven seater too: Volvo says even the third row is good for people up to 5 foot six inches tall.
Oh, and Volvo says the premium Bowers & Wilkins stereo system will be “one of the top audio systems in the world”. It boasts a 1400 Watt Class D amplifier, no fewer than 19 B&W speakers and “one of the first air-ventilated subwoofers in a car”. All the speakers are also fully timed and coordinated by leading-edge sound processing software.
New 2015 Volvo XC90: engines
Volvo says the new XC90 will offer its 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E engines, the 181hp version of which Motoring Research has already driven (in the S60) and been very impressed by.
A new version has been revealed for the 2015 XC90 debut though: a supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with plug-in hybrid electric motor. Expect a combination of 400hp and 60g/km CO2 from the 100mpg ‘Twin Engine’ T8, says Volvo.
New 2015 Volvo XC90: safety
The new 2015 Volvo XC90 offers “the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry” says Volvo, boldly. Its confidence here is partly because of two world-first safety features – run-off road protection package and auto-brake at intersection capability.
- Run-off road scenario: The XC90 detects if something untoward is about to happen and auto-tightens the front seatbelts. There’s also energy-absorbing foam in the seat to “cushion the vertical forces that can arise when [the car] encounters a hard landing”
- Auto brake at intersection: The new XC90 is the world’s first car that can auto-brake if the driver turns in the path of an oncoming car
City Safety, the new name for all of Volvo’s auto-brake functions, thus covers vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car – both day and night.
“The new technologies will take us a significant step closer to our vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Volvo’s senior vice president of R&D.
The new Volvo XC90 is also one of Volvo’s first ‘self-driving cars’, at least in part. “A new function that automatically follows the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic will provide a radically simplified, semi-autonomous driving experience,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management of Volvo Car Group.
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