After several teasers and pictures revealed, the Volvo Car Group has finally unveiled its all-new 2015 Volvo XC90. The Swedish flagship seven-seater SUV has finally shown its full form, in the wake of the previous-generation’s end of production. Nevertheless, as we’ve told you before, the all-new Volvo XC90 is here to mark an all-new journey for futureVolvos, with its awesome new looks, and brand-new set of technologies.
Apart from the unveiling of the car’s exterior design, there isn’t much here that we haven’t already told you about, but here’s a quick recap just in case, starting with the new design language:
From a teaser we’ve seen before, we know all about the XC90 having Thor’s Hammer for daytime running lights, and the car’s vertical-slat grille with its distinctive diagonal slash across it. New to the lot of us is just how pretty Volvo has managed to make its flagship SUV! From every angle (available in the gallery below), it looks plainly stunning, and makes for some excitement considering future Volvos designs will stem from this.
The muscular lines will be garnished by a range of new wheel designs in sizes that go up to 22-inchers, with wo major exterior trim options made available. These include:
- The Urban Luxury package: combining a colour co-ordinated body kit with polished stainless steel details, such as front deco frames, front and rear skid plates and side scuff plates. The 21-inch exclusive polished wheels complete the elegant look.
- The Rugged Luxury kit: adding on to the XC90 SUV a tech matte black exterior trim, stainless steel skid plates, running boards with illumination and integrated exhaust pipes. This version is supplemented by unique 22-inch wheels.
The all-new XC90 is the first Volvo to sit on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The modular SPA platform will be used to underpin future models from Volvo, of which a whole new range is expected by 2017. You can learn more about there SPA platforms and Volvo’s future use for this here:
Several Drive-E powertrains will makes its way into powering different variants of the XC90. Typically, a host of 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder (petrol and diesel) mills with different tunes will be offered.
And as we’ve reported on before, at the highest end of the spectrum will sit a very special T8 Twin Engine, which features a turbocharger, a supercharger, and an electric motor for power, making some 400hp and 640Nm of torque in the process, also keeping CO2 emissions down to a low 60g/km (NEDC driving cycle).
Without electric power, the same combination of a turbo/supercharged mill equates to the T6 variant, which makes 320hp and 400Nm of torque. There will also be D5 and D4 turbo-diesel options, which offer combinations of 225hp/470Nm and 190hp/400Nm respectively.
Eight-speed Aisin-sourced torque converter automatic transmissions are used across.
Expectedly, the all-new XC90 comes equipped with a range of sophisticated standard safety equipment, which include two ‘world firsts’ technologies: the first being a run-off road protection package, the second, an auto brake at intersection capability. We’ve detailed the special safety systems of the all-new XC90 HERE.
In short, the XC90 you see here moves the Swedish carmaker another step closer to achieving its Vision 2020, which is to have zero fatalities or serious injuries in any case a Volvo is involved in. Autonomous driving and online connectivity are two other parts of this vision, as explained by Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management of Volvo Car Group”
“With the XC90, we take the first step towards self-driving cars. A new function that automatically follows the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic will provide a radically simplified, semi-autonomous driving experience.”
Having previewed its interior design and technology several times before, including a cheeky spot in the unveiling of the Volvo Concept Estate we saw way back when, the press materials offered today highlight the car’s all-new tablet-like touch-screen control console – the beating heat of the Volvo’s finest features. Nearly completely button-free, Volvo says that the latest Sensus interface “represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services.”
“The new interior is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect. The simplicity is perfectly in tune with our Scandinavian design heritage. It opens up generous surfaces and gives us the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.
Other notable inclusions to the XC90’s interior include a heft of soft leather, and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, a famous Swedish glassmaker, with diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
1,927 limited First Edition cars for online buyers:
The Volvo Car Group has also mentioned that in conjunction with the unveiling of the all-new XC90, it will also be offering 1,927 units of the SUV in a special First Edition trim – celebrating the year Volvo was founded.
The First Edition models will only be available to online shoppers, in an attempt by Volvo to show off its new marketing activities and personal service.
Reserved for the 1,927 units will be a T6 All-Wheel Drive drivetrain or a D5 twin-turbo diesel engine, an Onyx Black exterior with eight-spoke 21-inch wheel designs, nappa leather interior with the seats in Amber, a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut inlays.
The fronts seats are equipped with ventilation, while the second-row will get a heating system, and the third-row will be power-operated.
The very special Bowers & Wilkins audio system is include, for all its 1,400 watts Class D amplifier, 19 speakers, and one of the first-ever air-ventilated subwoofers seen on a production car.