Volvo revealed the changes that the 2012 model year of the XC90 SUV has received, affecting both the exterior and the interior. The most significant change is the addition of the optional R-Design package. Volvo made the interior more luxurious by adding a three-spoke steering wheel, offering aluminum trim as standard, and using a watch dial-inspired instrument design with white lighting.
Furthermore, the tailgate has been divided into an upper and a lower section for more practicality and now features a new, color-coordinated leather handle.
The XC90’s exterior is now more muscular with the use of new day running light configuration that features LEDs in the lower bumper, LED brake lights and a silver turn indicator bulb. The highlights include a set of 18-inch wheels in a silver matt finish.
The R-Design package uses a special chassis, some redesigned upholstery, inlays and door panels, as well as new 19-inch alloy wheels.
Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at the Volvo Car Corporation, said that the XC90 will still have all of the assets that have contributed to making it one of its most successful models.
This crossover is roomy and flexible and features outstanding handling and comfort. Mertens also said that the upgrades to the XC90 include several elements that emphasize the SUV’s “unique blend of sophisticated elegance and capable ruggedness.”
The latest iteration of the Volvo XC90 is endowed with a more luxurious interior that now boasts of added refinements. These refinements include, as standard, a three-spoke steering wheel and aluminum decor as well as the watch dial-inspired instrument design featuring white illumination. Its two-section (lower and upper) tailgate now features a new, color-coordinated leather grab handle.
Volvo also provided the new XC90 with a redesigned load cover. Moreover, the Volvo XC90 provides the driver with a seating position that allows for an in-command feeling. On most markets where the new Volvo XC90 is being sold, seven seats are standard. Interestingly, all passenger seats could be folded to pave way for a completely flat loading floor. For those looking for a version of the XC90 loaded with more luxurious features and elements, they may avail of the more exclusive Executive variant that comes with soft leather seats with ventilation, massage and a more exclusive finish. For those seeking a version of the XC90 with a more driver-focused and sporty character, they may go for the R-Design version.
This variant of the XC90 comes with new 19-inch wheels and redesigned upholstery, inlays, door panels. In terms of power source, the new XC90 is powered by an in-line, six-cylinder 3.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that provides 243 hp of max output and 320 Nm of maximum torque. This engine only consumes (EU Combined) 11.4 liters of petrol /per 100 km and emits 265 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
This newest iteration of the Volvo XC90 can also be powered by any of the available two turbo diesels. One of these is the high-performance D5 that generates up to 200 hp of output and 420 Nm of torque, while consuming just 8.3 liters of diesel per 100 km and emitting 219 grams of carbon dioxide per km. The other powerplant is a Front Wheel Drive (FWD) 2.4-liter, five-cylinder D3 that develops 163 hp and 340 Nm of torque while consuming 8.2 liters of diesel per 100 km and emitting 216 grams of carbon dioxide per km.
For 2012, the Volvo On Call system could now be specified with Bluetooth mobile phone connection, allowing music streaming from a Bluetooth-enabled portable music player. Interestingly, Volvo is the only brand that offers Bluetooth music streaming across its vehicle range. Also, the new Volvo XC90 comes with a new mobile app – serving as an extension of Volvo On Call -- that ensures a connection between the driver and the parked car through an iPhone or Android smart phone.
This app could be downloaded by owners of all new 2012 Volvos with Volvo On Call. This new app features a car locator that shows the location of the vehicle on a map and comes with a digital compass that could point drivers to the right direction. In addition, the app features a remote heater start, allowing drivers to activate it or set a time for it to turn on.