2012 Volvo XC90: details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 7, 2011

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.

Press Release

The Volvo Car Corporation boosts the iconic XC90 with refined exterior and interior

The Volvo Car Corporation is rejuvenating the successful Volvo XC90.
The refinements to the iconic SUV include more sophisticated lines and materials and an even more rewarding driving experience.
The XC90 owner can stay in touch with the parked vehicle via a new mobile application for an iPhone or Android smart phone.

"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.
The XC90 is designed to give an elegant, muscular and robust impression. This has been reinforced through a number of refined details.
New Day Running Lights give the front more character. The redesigned silver metallic bumper bar as well as silver roof rails are standard on all variants. There is a new lower door moulding and all XC90 versions are fully colour-coordinated.
The new tail lamps have dual light guides, LED brake lights and a silver turn indicator bulb (still with orange light). The news features also include six-spoke 18-inch wheels in silver matt finish.

More luxurious interior
A number of refinements have been made to give the XC90 interior an even more luxurious aura, including the three-spoke steering wheel, aluminium décor as standard and the watch dial-inspired instrument design with white lighting.
The tailgate is divided into an upper and a lower section. It now comes with a new, colour-coordinated leather grab handle. The load cover has also been redesigned.
The seating position gives the driver an in-command feeling. Seven seats are standard on most markets. All the passenger seats can be folded to create a fully flat loading floor.

Exclusive Executive version and sporty R-Design
The XC90 is also available in an even more exclusive Executive version with a number of features that further elevate its level of cosseting luxury, such as soft leather seats with ventilation and massage as well as a number of details with a more exclusive finish.
The R-Design version boosts the XC90's sporty aura and gives the car a more driver-focused character. On top of the special chassis, the new R-design version also features redesigned upholstery, inlays, door panels and new 19-inch wheels.

Six-cylinder petrol engine and two turbo diesels
The in-line, six-cylinder 3.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine offers 243 hp and maximum torque is 320 Nm. Fuel consumption (EU Combined) is 11.4 l/100 km (265 g CO2 per kilometre).
The Volvo XC90 can also be specified with a choice of two turbo diesels:
The high-performance D5 with 200 horsepower and 420 Nmof torque.
The Front Wheel Drive (FWD) 2.4-litre, five-cylinder D3 with 163 hp and 340 Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption (EU Combined) is 8.3 l/100 km with the D5 and 8.2 l/100 km with the D3. The corresponding CO2 figures are 219 g/km and 216 g/km respectively.

Bluetooth music streaming and new mobile application
The Volvo On Call system can now be combined with Bluetooth mobile phone connection. The system has been upgraded with music streaming from a preferred Bluetooth enabled portable music player. Volvo is the only car brand to offer Bluetooth music streaming throughout the entire vehicle range.
New too is a mobile application that makes sure that the driver can stay in touch with the parked car via an iPhone or Android smart phone. The mobile application is an extension of Volvo On Call.

Wide range of features
Owners of all new Volvos from Model Year 2012 with Volvo On Call can download the mobile application that opens up a range of possibilities, such as:
Car locator. The location of the car is shown on a map. There is also a digital compass that points the driver in the right direction.
Remote heater start. If the car is equipped with a parking heater, it can be started or timer programmed via the mobile app.
Vehicle dashboard. This feature gives the driver access to a wide range of information: fuel level, remaining range to empty tank, average fuel consumption, average speed, odometer reading and trip meter reading.
Car check. The mobile app performs a "health" check of the car, displaying information about bulbs, brake fluid level, coolant level, engine oil level and engine oil pressure.

"Creating an intuitive and ergonomically optimised relationship with the car is part of our aim to offer a feeling of relaxed control. The mobile application is much more than a gadget. It is the first step in our connectivity strategy. We have started to build a bridge to the future - and the mobile app will be extended with a range of possibilities," says Peter Mertens.

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