Volvo have unveiled the much anticipated new version of their SUV the Volvo XC90.
Popular with families throughout Europe and the USA, with its ability to carry 7 and the dogs, the XC90 has been long due a makeover.
Volvo said they were not just launching a new car but starting a new chapter in their history.
Their CEO said: “ This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years,”
The outside of the new XC90 has been given a bolder and more distinctive look. With a much bigger Volvo iron mark badge and the new T-shaped day running lights, dubbed “Thor’s Hammer’ lights by the company. The new XC90 also has a larger hood and a more moulded body. Wheel sizes on the new version go up to 22 inches.
To power the SUV Volvo are offering a rand of 2.0 liter Drive-E solutions, while the top end Twin Engine model puts a 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged petrol with an electric motor to output about 400 horsepower.
Volvo have always prided themselves on the safety features offer in their cars. The 2014 XC90 includes some new features including a run-off road protection package and auto brake at an intersection.
The run-off works by tightening up the safety belts and the car is salsa designed so energy is absorbed between the seat and seat frame cushions to minimise vertical forces in this sort of event.
The intersection braking works when the driver turns in front of an oncoming vehicle. The XC90 will brake if this happens, as it often does at city junctions or on highways.
The car also has the City Safety system, common to all Volvo cars now. This auto brake system can detect vehicles, pedestrian and cyclists who are in the front of the car. The system work during and the day and at night.
All these features are towards Volvo’s stated goal of having nobody die or be seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020.
The company says the Interior of the new XC90 is most luxurious they have every commissioned. It includes a touch screen central console and they say the new look is modern and uncluttered. The leather and wood interior includes details such as a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors.
The audio system in the XC90 comes with a 1,400 Watt amp and 19 Bowers and Wilins speakers and air-ventilated subwoofers…though we are not sure how many owners will be bouncing the bass that much.
As with other Volvos there is a full range of options and add-ons so you can personalise your XC90. There are two main exterior options with an Urban Luxury package and Rugged Luxury option.
The Urban Luxury has a color coordinated body kit and stainless steel details and 21-inch polished wheels. The Rugged kit comes with tech matte black exterior trim, stainless steel skid plates, 22 inch wheels and integrated exhaust pipes.
Volvo says a well-equipped XC90 T6 AWD will start at $48,900. They also state the XC90 T6 AWD comes with 19” wheels, power laminated panoramic sunroof and state-of-art connectivity as standard.
Full pricing details will be announced soon, stay tuned.
Check this page for more pictures of the 2014 XC90.