It’s been fourteen years in the making, but Volvo is finally releasing a brand-new XC90.
Long in the tooth doesn’t even begin to describe the model but that is all ancient history now as the new XC90 is the future of Volvo.
More than just marketing speak, the XC90 will feature many firsts for the Swedish brand including a newly updated, more modern take on the Volvo iron mark logo. Placed dead center on the angled slash running the length of the grille, the new logo is wedged between what the company actually calls “Thor’s Hammer” LED daytime running lights.
Not the first time we have seen Volvo’s supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the XC90 will mark the first time it’s offered with all-wheel drive and will make a bit more power here, up now to 316 hp.
If that’s not enough, the XC90 will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid that uses that same twin-charged engine along with an electric motor to make around 400 HP. More than just an impressive number, Volvo is touting this as the world’s first seven-seat plug-in hybrid.
Other cool new technology will include a feature that’s basically adaptive cruise control for the city. When turned on, the XC90 can automatically follow the vehicle ahead of it in stop-and-go traffic. For someone that suffers a horrible big city commute every day, this feature could be a revelation.
Inside the XC90’s redesign is equally radical and is highlighted by a tablet like center touch screen, an optional 1,400 watt stereo and a third row of seats said to comfortably fit passengers up to 5’7” inches tall.
Pricing details are scarce currently, but expect a XC90 T6 AWD to have a starting price of $48,900 when the vehicle goes on sale later next year.
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