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Volvo premieres its luxurious new XC90

Wheels up to 22 inches can be fitted to the new XC90
Wheels up to 22 inches can be fitted to the new XC90
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Volvo President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson is calling the XC90's launch one of the most important days in the company’s history
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Volvo President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson is calling the XC90's launch one of the most important days in the company’s history
The XC90 is taking on a more premium crowd in its second generation
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The XC90 is taking on a more premium crowd in its second generation
The XC90 can be optioned with two diesel engines
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The XC90 can be optioned with two diesel engines
The hybrid T8 XC90 emits only 60 g/km of CO2
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The hybrid T8 XC90 emits only 60 g/km of CO2
The hybrid T8 XC90 emits only 60 g/km of CO2
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The hybrid T8 XC90 emits only 60 g/km of CO2
Urban Luxury spec cars come with 21-inch wheels
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Urban Luxury spec cars come with 21-inch wheels
Stainless steel skidplates are standard on Urban Luxury spec cars
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Stainless steel skidplates are standard on Urban Luxury spec cars
The XC90 debuts a new styling direction for Volvo
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The XC90 debuts a new styling direction for Volvo
Rugged Luxury cars feature black cladding
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Rugged Luxury cars feature black cladding
22-inch wheels give the Rugged Luxury XC90 presence
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22-inch wheels give the Rugged Luxury XC90 presence
The XC90's platform is Volvo's first foray into modular design
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The XC90's platform is Volvo's first foray into modular design
The XC90's interior is flexible and designed for families
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The XC90's interior is flexible and designed for families
The XC90's interior is flexible and designed for families
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The XC90's interior is flexible and designed for families
The XC90's interior is flexible and designed for families
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The XC90's interior is flexible and designed for families
Stainless steel details make the XC90's exterior look more "premium"
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Stainless steel details make the XC90's exterior look more "premium"
Inside, soft leather is everywhere
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Inside, soft leather is everywhere
Bowers and Wilkins has designed a 1,400-watt system for the XC90
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Bowers and Wilkins has designed a 1,400-watt system for the XC90
The new Volvo XC90 at launch
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The new Volvo XC90 at launch
Instead of traditional dials, Volvo uses a screen in the instrument bay
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Instead of traditional dials, Volvo uses a screen in the instrument bay
Volvo's Sensus system debuts in the XC90
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Volvo's Sensus system debuts in the XC90
The T8 hybrid is the flagship XC90 powertrain
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The T8 hybrid is the flagship XC90 powertrain
Inside, there are a number of different trim-finishes available
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Inside, there are a number of different trim-finishes available
In town, the XC90 is constantly ready to apply the brakes to avoid a collision
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In town, the XC90 is constantly ready to apply the brakes to avoid a collision
The car's safety systems also work at night
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The car's safety systems also work at night
The city-stop features are bundled into Volvo's "City Safety" package
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The city-stop features are bundled into Volvo's "City Safety" package
The XC90 can also park itself using radar
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The XC90 can also park itself using radar
The XC90 T8 can run 25 miles on electric power
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The XC90 T8 can run 25 miles on electric power
Safety was a focus for Volvo
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Safety was a focus for Volvo
The XC90's third row features space for passengers up to 170 cm tall
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The XC90's third row features space for passengers up to 170 cm tall
Volvo's Sensus system integrates CarPlay into its touchscreen setup
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Volvo's Sensus system integrates CarPlay into its touchscreen setup
The XC90 is said to be Volvo's most luxurious car ever
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The XC90 is said to be Volvo's most luxurious car ever
The new Volvo XC90
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The new Volvo XC90
The new Volvo XC90 T8 hybrid
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The new Volvo XC90 T8 hybrid
The XC90 T8's front wheels are driven by the petrol engine, the rear wheels are driven by the electric motor
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The XC90 T8's front wheels are driven by the petrol engine, the rear wheels are driven by the electric motor
The new Volvo XC90
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The new Volvo XC90
The new Volvo XC90
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The new Volvo XC90
The XC90 will tense the passengers' seatbelts if it senses a run-off road accident
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The XC90 will tense the passengers' seatbelts if it senses a run-off road accident
The car tries to avoid run-off accidents by warning drivers when they get fatigued
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The car tries to avoid run-off accidents by warning drivers when they get fatigued
The XC90 can be specced with a HUD
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The XC90 can be specced with a HUD
Volvo describes the XC90's taillights as "tattoo-like"
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Volvo describes the XC90's taillights as "tattoo-like"
Despite the XC90's new styling, it still looks unmistakably like a Volvo
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Despite the XC90's new styling, it still looks unmistakably like a Volvo
The XC90 carries a silhouette similar to that of its predecessor
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The XC90 carries a silhouette similar to that of its predecessor
There are two different trim levels available on the XC90
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There are two different trim levels available on the XC90
Volvo's new face will spread across the range
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Volvo's new face will spread across the range
The XC90 features flexible seating
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The XC90 features flexible seating
Wheels up to 22 inches can be fitted to the new XC90
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Wheels up to 22 inches can be fitted to the new XC90
The XC90 is available with five different powertrain options
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The XC90 is available with five different powertrain options
The XC90's interior is more upmarket than that of its predecessor
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The XC90's interior is more upmarket than that of its predecessor
The XC90 debuts a new styling direction for Volvo
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The XC90 debuts a new styling direction for Volvo
Volvo's designers say that the XC90 has sharp shoulders
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Volvo's designers say that the XC90 has sharp shoulders
The XC90 takes design cues from the outgoing car and modernizes them
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The XC90 takes design cues from the outgoing car and modernizes them
The XC90's DRL's look like "Thor's Hammer"
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The XC90's DRL's look like "Thor's Hammer"
Volvo's SPA will spread across the range
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Volvo's SPA will spread across the range
Volvo is debuting two world-first safety systems on the XC90
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Volvo is debuting two world-first safety systems on the XC90
The XC90 can be optioned with a full suite of safety options
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The XC90 can be optioned with a full suite of safety options
HERE maps makes an appearance in Sensus
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HERE maps makes an appearance in Sensus
The XC90's T8 hybrid returns impressive emissions figures
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The XC90's T8 hybrid returns impressive emissions figures
Most cabin functions are controlled through the central touchscreen
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Most cabin functions are controlled through the central touchscreen
Volvo's Sensus system makes its debut on the XC90
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Volvo's Sensus system makes its debut on the XC90
The XC90 packs room for 7
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The XC90 packs room for 7
A crystal gear lever is just one of the luxurious touches scattered around the cabin
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A crystal gear lever is just one of the luxurious touches scattered around the cabin
The XC90's interior is said to be Volvo's most luxurious cabin ever
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The XC90's interior is said to be Volvo's most luxurious cabin ever
Volvo has focused on the details in the new XC90
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Volvo has focused on the details in the new XC90
Rear seat passengers are looked after, with air vents in the back
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Rear seat passengers are looked after, with air vents in the back
The XC90 is taking on BMW's X5 with its luxury-bent
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The XC90 is taking on BMW's X5 with its luxury-bent

After months of teasing, Volvo has finally detailed its new XC90, debuting with it a new hybrid engine, a new modular platform and a brand new styling direction for the brand. With so many firsts, the XC90 is a big car for Volvo – such a big car that Volvo President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson is calling its launch one of the most important days in the company’s history.

The heart of any new car is the engine, and Volvo has thrown a range of powerful yet efficient engines at the new XC90. There are five powertrain options, with two diesel and two petrol engines, as well as a "twin engine" hybrid to top the range.

The XC90 debuts a new styling direction for Volvo
The XC90 debuts a new styling direction for Volvo

For fans of diesel engines, the range starts with a turbocharged D4 making 190 hp (142 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb.ft) of torque. Claimed fuel economy is 5 liters per 100 km (47 mpg). For those of you who want a bit more power from your diesel, the turbocharged D5 produces 225 hp (167 kW) and 470 Nm (347 lb.ft) with very little trade off in fuel economy – Volvo is claiming a "best in class" figure of 6 liters per 100 km (39 mpg).

The petrol engine lineup starts with the XC90 T5, with 254 hp (189 kW) of power and 320 Nm (239 lb.ft) of torque at the driver’s disposal. Not enough power? The other petrol option will be more to your liking, with the T6 using a supercharger and turbocharger for outputs of 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm of torque.

Volvo has thrown everything it has into the range-topping, twin-engine T8 hybrid powertrain. The T8 is made up of a 2.0-liter, four cylinder Drive-E engine combined with an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels. The petrol engine drives the front wheels and is supercharged to provide plenty of low-down torque, while a turbocharger gives drivers some extra top-end shove.

Working in tandem, the T8 powertrain produces about 400 hp (298 kW) and a massive 640 Nm (472 lb.ft) of torque. Unlike in a LaFerrari (a market that Volvo is, strangely, yet to crack), the T8 hybrid system isn’t just there to provide extra power. After a full charge, the electric motor can take the XC90 25 miles (40 km) on pure electric power, a feature that will allow lots of city drivers to cruise around with zero tailpipe emissions.

For a car with such good outputs, the XC90 T8 returns impressive CO2 figures. On the New European Drive Cycle, the car emits just 60 g/km of CO2. By way of comparison, a Mini Cooper D emits 95 g/km.

As good as the XC90’s engine lineup may sound, styling often drives sales success, so Volvo is using its second-generation SUV to launch a new styling direction. The car has been given a distinctive face, with daytime running lights shaped like "Thor’s Hammer" granting a distinctive presence on the road. The XC90’s bigger hood and sharp, broad shoulders will also be carried across the rest of Volvo’s range.

Volvo's designers say that the XC90 has sharp shoulders
Volvo's designers say that the XC90 has sharp shoulders

On the inside, Volvo is claiming the XC90’s interior is its most luxurious cabin ever. The car’s Sensus touchscreen setup dominates the center console, and integrates HERE navigation and Ericsson-based cloud updates with Apple CarPlay, where drivers can control their phone and music through Apple’s familiar layout on the dashboard. Siri will also read your texts aloud, and acts as voice control for the phone and music elements of the system.

Audiophiles have been well looked after in the XC90’s new interior too, with an optional 19-speaker, 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins system that uses an air-ventilated subwoofer to provide powerful bass.

Being a Volvo, safety is of paramount concern in the XC90. The Swedish brand is debuting two world-first safety features in its new SUV, in line with its goal of having no-one killed or seriously injured in a Volvo by 2020.

The first feature will automatically brake if a driver pulls out of an intersection into the path of oncoming traffic. Volvo claims this is handy around town, where narrow streets and parked cars limit visibility, as well as when joining highways with fast-moving traffic.

The XC90's interior is said to be Volvo's most luxurious cabin ever
The XC90's interior is said to be Volvo's most luxurious cabin ever

The second new safety feature is run-off road protection. To keep you on the road, a lane-keeping aid will apply extra lock to the wheel if it detects the driver creeping out of their lane. Driver attentiveness is judged on a five-stage gauge, and if it drops too low the car will advise you to have a break. If this doesn't work and the car does leave the road, Volvo's Safe Positioning system primes the seat belts for impact, and works with impact-absorbing material between the seat frame and cushion to help prevent spinal injuries.

A full range of auto-braking systems are standard on the car regardless of trim level, so if a pedestrian, cyclist or fellow-motorist strays into your path, the car will hit the brakes at low speed.

On the subject of trim levels, Volvo is offering two for its new SUV. Cars fitted with the Urban Luxury package cars come with body-colored cladding, with stainless steel detailing and polished 21-inch wheels, whereas Rugged Luxury cars have black cladding and 22-inch wheels.

Volvo is looking for the second-gen XC90 to take the brand upmarket, and the car is packing the styling, safety, economy and power to take on the established luxury crowd. There is no word on pricing yet, but the car should go on sale in early 2015

Source: Volvo

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Nickov8
I love my old XC90 and would definitely get one of these but on certain conditions: 1. Price is right 2. Auto-braking etc can be disabled. I enjoy driving. If I wanted someone to interfere I'd have my Mum ride along. 3. Android option on the in-car ... why would Volvo force me to go Apple??