2015 Volvo XC90 – What’s what
Three years in the making and part of a USD 11bn investment programme, the 2015 Volvo XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.