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The Volvo XC90 got a refresh for the 2013 model year, with the Swedish automaker boasting that it’s the most significant update to the SUV since it launched a decade ago.
The updated XC90 now has color-matched front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and wheel arches that gives it a sleeker appearance on the outside. New LED daytime running lights are now standard along with LED taillights. Accenting the SUV is a new silver front bumper bar, chrome taillight trim, matte rearview mirrors, and 18-inch ‘Thalia’ wheels. Two new color choices are also available for 2013: Twilight Bronze metallic and Flaminco Red metallic.
On the inside, the seven-passenger XC90 now has new luxury accents such as sanded aluminum inlays, white instrumentation lighting, and a leather strap on the tailgate. Higher models receive standard sovereign hide soft leather seating surfaces, red wood inlays and gearshift knob, and executive floor mats. Available as an option for all trim levels is a red wood steering wheel, while rain sensor windshield wipers and headlight washers are now standard fare.
The R-Design model features sporty 19-inch ‘Ixion’ wheels along with sport-tuned suspension and steering. In addition, the higher trim model also includes an R-Design grille, leather seating surfaces, R-Design steering wheel, watch dial instruments, and floor mats.
The XC90 is powered by a 3.2-liter inline-six engine with 240-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with all-wheel drive available as an option.
Pricing for the base XC90 3.2 starts at $39,500 while the base R-Design model is $42,300. The top-of-the-line R-Design Platinum is $45,400 excluding an $895 destination charge.
GALLERY: 2013 Volvo XC90
We now have a better idea of what Volvo’s next generation XC90 may look like thanks to a quartet of sketches the Swedish automaker has released to the public. Reports are that Volvo intends to release its new XC90 sometime in 2014 and it should incorporate the automaker’s new Scalable Platform Architecture.
Few details are available for the successor of the popular crossover, but chances are Volvo will be looking towards a hybrid variant as well as outfitting it with a four-cylinder force-induced powerplant. For now we’ll just have to enjoy the sketches to see the design ideas that Volvo has, but so far we like what we see.
GALLERY: Next Generation Volvo XC90
Volvo has updated its near-iconic XC90 SUV for 2012, adding some exterior and interior changes along with some technology to make it more 2012-friendly. The newly refined SUV now features daytime running lights, giving the front more character along with its redesigned silver metallic bumper bar and silver roof rails. A subtle, but classy accent is a new color-coordinated lower door molding. In the rear, the taillights now have dual light guides, LED brake lights and a silver turn indicator bulb – though it still blinks orange. Lastly, 18-inch six-spoke wheels in a matte silver finish are now factory to the XC90.
“The XC90 still boasts all the virtues that have made it one of our most successful models ever. The spacious and flexible crossover combines excellent handling and comfort with superior get-you-there ability and flexibility. Now we have upgraded the XC90 with a number of features that emphasise the large SUV’s unique blend of sophisticated elegance and capable ruggedness,” says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at the Volvo Car Corporation.
On the inside, Volvo has done several upgrades giving it a more luxurious feel. From the three-spoke steering wheel to the standard aluminum decor, Volvo has gone through all the tiny details of the interior enhancing every bit of it. Special models include an Exclusive Executive version and the sporty R-Design with the Exclusive Executive version adding more luxurious amenities including soft leather seats with ventilation and massage functions. The R-Design features redesigned upholstery, inlays, door panels and unique 19-inch wheels.
The 2012 XC90 will come powered by a 3.2L inline-six with 243-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque; and in some markets (not North America) two diesel options will be available. These include a D5 turbo diesel with 200-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, or a FWD 2.4L five-cylinder D3 turbo diesel engine with 163-hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
Technology enhancements include Volvo’s On Call system, Bluetooth integration and tight integration with Android and iOS devices. The mobile application allows owners to locate their XC90, start the heater remotely, check the vehicle’s dashboard data (fuel, average speed, odometer, etc.) and do a general “health” check of the vehicle.
GALLERY: 2012 Volvo XC90
Volvo has planned several major changes for its 2012 model year lineup in the US. The automaker has discontinued the S40 and V50, after already cutting the V70 earlier in the year. The move is a big change for the Swedish company that built its name on safe and sturdy station wagons.
In addition, Volvo will no longer be offering the V8 engine in the XC90 or S80 in North America. Instead it will rely on its new turbocharged 6-cylinder engine to deliver the grunt on its larger models.
Overall, most Volvo models get more standard features and new trim levels but will maintain similar prices to last year’s models.
[Source: Kicking Tires]