2015 Volvo XC90 – What’s what

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 by

Three years in the making and part of a USD 11bn investment programme, the marks the beginning of a new chapter in ’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

2015 Volvo XC90 side

The XC90’s larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline, and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the distinctive new rear lights, are other important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range. “The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish lifestyle: the generous space, the celebration of light and the focus on wellbeing,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

2015 Volvo XC90 front

Two engines are believed to be on offer; a T6, and a plug-in hybrid variant. While the former churns out 316 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque thanks to a turbocharger and a supercharger working in harmony, the plug-in hybrid ups the ante to 400 horsepower after adding an electric motor to the equation. Both engines channel their power through an 8 speed automatic transmission.

2015 Volvo XC90 interior

The all-new XC90 offers the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry. In a run-off road scenario, the all-new Volvo XC90 detects what is happening and the front safety belts are tightened to keep the occupants in position. To help prevent spine injuries, the energy – absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame, cushions the vertical forces that can arise when the car encounters a hard landing.

2015 Volvo XC90 rear

As for expectancy in the Middle East, showrooms claim the 2015 Volvo XC90 should be here by May and will start anywhere in between the AED 240,000 and AED 250,000 mark.


4 Responses to 2015 Volvo XC90 – What’s what

  1. Adam Reply

    May 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Pankaj , Volvo brought a 2015 XC90 T6 across to the middle east in December and January and tested it by driving over 200,000 km over a 5 week period with no reported issues, also please remember although the T6 is a brand new engine Volvo have been using 2.0 Turbo charged engines in the middle east for nearly 7 years. Please also note that all GCC Volvo’s have air quality system’s as standard which run the air conditioning after switch off to gradually cool down their cars – again with no reported issues

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      May 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks for the update Adam. Was not aware of Volvo testing in the region – good to know.

  2. sam Reply

    September 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    will the 2-litre engine equipped SUV’s air-conditioners have sufficient cooling capacity in the heat of this middle-east ????

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      September 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Sam, the 2-litre in XC90 is both turbo and supercharged. So above a certain RPM, aircon compressor load should not be an issue. That said, keep in mind that there’s very little, if any, summer testing done here in the ME, where humidity + high temperatures make the aircons work really hard. Another local habit is – people leave their aircons on when the car is parked, which puts a lot of pressure on the car. I have my doubts here.

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