2015 Volvo XC90 gets official, pricing starts at $48,900

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 26, 2014

Several leaked photos forced Volvo to unveil its all-new 2015 XC90, after working hard almost three years. As you can see from the photos, the design of the 2015 Volvo XC90 is dominated by the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” LED daytime running lights but also by the brand’s new iron mark logo which has the arrow aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. In addition, we find a larger hood, new rear lights but also a new range of wheels with diameters of up to 22 inches.

The interior combines fine materials such as soft leather and wood, features stylish gear knob made of crystal glass from Orrefors and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

As you can see from the photos, the 2015 XC90 is available with the third row seats that can accommodate passengers up to 5’7” inches tall. If you are a music fan, you’ll be happy to know that there is an optional audio system 1,400 Watt Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers.

Also as an option is the Urban Luxury package that includes color coordinated body kit with polished stainless steel details, as well as 21-inch polished wheels. The Rugged Luxury kit brings a new look thanks to new matte black exterior trim, stainless still skid plates, running boards with illumination and integrated exhaust pipes, as well as 22-inch wheels.

In the United States, the 2015 Volvo XC90 will be priced from $48,900. This amount of money brings you an XC90 T6 AWD that comes as standard with Navigation, power laminated panoramic sunroof, state-of-the-art car connectivity and 19-inch wheels.

Powertrain

Volvo says that its new XC90 promises to be the most powerful and cleanest SUV in the world and looking at the engine lineup we believe it too. Volvo’s XC90 arrives with a twin-turbodiesel D5 engine that produces 225 hp (168 kW) and 470 Nm (347 lb-ft). According to Volvo, the D5 diesel engine will return 39.2 mpg or 6 l/100 km.

Volvo will offer also a D4 diesel engine that produces 190 hp (142 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, which returns 56.5 mpg US or 5 l/100 km.

If you are a fan of petrol engines, Volvo XC90 will be available with a T6 turbocharged and supercharged engine that develops 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. The T5 petrol engine is available with 254 hp (189 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

The most interesting addition to the XC90 lineup is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine which sends the power to the front wheels, while an electric motor with 80 hp delivers its power to the rear wheels. Volvo’s XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid offers a total output of 400 hp (298 kW) and 640 Nm (472 lb-ft).

According to Volvo, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid can act as an electric car for up to 20 miles (40 km) thanks to the energy stored in the lithium-ion battery pack.

Press Release

The all-new Volvo XC90

The all-new Volvo XC90 is a visually striking, premium quality seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

The new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo's history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

The First Edition of the all-new Volvo XC90, 1,927 individually numbered cars only available for sale via digital commerce, sold out in 47 hours after it was released in early September 2014.

DESIGN

The new Volvo XC90 is the first Volvo to carry the company's new more prominent iron mark, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. Together with the T-shaped "Thor's Hammer" DRL lights, the iron mark introduces an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo's forthcoming generation of cars.

The XC90's larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the tattoo-like, new rear lights are other important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range.

To add more visual muscle from the sides, the XC90 comes with a range of wheel sizes up to 22 inches.

Luxurious interior

The XC90's interior is the most luxurious to have been designed for a Volvo. The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system. This system is virtually button free, a simplicity that opens up generous surfaces and gives us the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture.

The all-new Volvo XC90 interior combines materials such as finest Nappa leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

New trim level strategy

Volvo Cars' reinvented trim level strategy resembles a tree with two branches. Kinetic is the base, followed by the very competitive Momentum level.

Inscription and R-Design form the two branches on the tree. The Inscription package is designed for customers that want an elegant look and a luxurious experience, while R-Design has a sporty and dynamic aura.

In principle, the previous top level has been replaced with the Inscription and R-Design versions. Both of them feature an elevated content, carefully chosen to emphasise each of their distinctive individual personalities.

New seats

Volvo already enjoys a reputation for providing the most comfortable seats in the industry. The new Volvo XC90 enhances this reputation by offering innovatively designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers both in the second and third seat rows, helping to make the new XC90 a genuine 7-seater.

The full seat core has an ergonomic shape that resembles the human spine. A multitude of adjustment possibilities makes it possible for the individual user to create an ideal seating position. The new seats are available with adjustable side bolsters, seat cushion extension and massage.

The second row features three individual seats with recline adjustment. The sliding function can be used to create more legroom for the passengers in the third row - or to increase loading space. An integrated child booster cushion in the centre seat is optional.

The seats in the third row offer class-leading comfort for passengers with a height up to 170 cm.

CHASSIS & POWER TRAINS

When it comes to driving dynamics, the XC90 gives the smooth, solid ride of a premium SUV combined with sharp handling and response. There is a completely new chassis, front and rear.

There are a double wishbone front suspension and a new integral link rear axle that also features a new transverse leaf spring, made of lightweight material. The XC90 can also be equipped with electronically controlled air suspension with a choice of five modes.

Unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency

The new Volvo XC90 offers a range of two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency.

The top of the range XC90 Twin Engine, which combines a supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor, offers an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation: 400 horsepower with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 59 g/km (NEDC driving cycle).

Normal driving is conducted in the default hybrid mode. But at the push of a button the driver can switch to quiet and emission-free city driving on pure electric power where the range will be more than 40 kilometres, and then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor. Combined maximum torque is over 600 Nm, making the XC90 accelerate from 0 to 100 in 5.9 seconds.

Full range of other engine options

The Volvo XC90 range also includes the D5 twin turbo diesel engine with 225 hp, 470 Nm, best in class fuel consumption of around 6l/100 km and the D4 turbo diesel engine with 190 hp, 400 Nm and a fuel consumption of around 5l/100 km.

The range also offers two petrol engine options. The first is a T6 engine with supercharger and turbo with 320 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. The second is a T5 with 254 hp and 350 Nm.

All engine versions come with our 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

SENSUS

The new Sensus user interface is without doubt the most modern in-car control system on the market. It completely reinvents the way drivers operate their cars.

The traditional selection of buttons and controls has been replaced with a smooth, intuitive interaction between a large tablet-like touch screen, controls on the steering wheel and a capable voice-control system.

The digital instrumentation and the head-up display in front of the driver make sure that the most relevant information is available when needed.

Sensus gives comfortable access to a wide selection of cloud-based applications. The outstanding in-car possibilities includes Internet radio, connected navigation, finding and paying for parking, seamless music streaming, the ability to mirror and use Apple and Android devices in the touch screen display, a hot spot for using a tablet in the car - and much more.

Also - the Volvo XC90 will not only tell the driver when it's time for service, but also suggest an appointment at a Volvo dealership.

Digital craftsmanship

The groundbreaking digital craftsmanship, interaction design, is based on extensive discussions with customers. The layout on the portrait screen can be described as a stack of flexible 'tiles', each of them displaying a key functionality.

Information, navigation and media are high up and easy to check. Phone controls, application icons and climate controls are located low, comfortable to reach and touch.

When one of the tiles on the touch screen expands on interaction, the others are compressed but still visible and instantly accessible.

This makes the touch screen exceptionally user-friendly, with no need to go via a main menu when switching between functions.

Four-zone climate system

The all-new Volvo XC90 can be specified with a four-zone climate system with individual settings for the occupants in the front seats and in the second row. A separate air-conditioning unit for the third row is standard or optional depending on the market.

Volvo Cars' CleanZone air purification system, one of the most efficient on the market, has been further improved by adding a new carbon filter for more efficient capture of small, harmful particles and pollen in the incoming air.

One of the top audio systems in the world

The XC90 features one of the top audio systems available in the automotive world. The top-of-the-line system in the XC90 features a 1,400 W Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers. It also includes one of the first air-ventilated subwoofers in a car. Integrated into the car body, it turns the whole interior space into a giant subwoofer.

The latest sound processing software has ben used to manage the timing of the sound and co-ordination of the speakers. This brings the emotional experience of a world-class live performance into the car.

SAFETY AND SUPPORT

The all-new Volvo XC90 offers the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry. It includes two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability.

In a run-off road scenario, the all-new Volvo XC90 detects what is happening and the front safety belts are tightened to keep the occupants in position. To help prevent spine injuries, energy-absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can arise when the car encounters a hard landing in the terrain.

The Volvo XC90 is the first car in the world with technology that features automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car. This is a common scenario at busy city crossings as well as on highways, where the speed limits are higher.

City Safety becomes the umbrella name for all of Volvo Cars' auto brake functions, which are standard equipment in the all-new XC90. It now covers vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car, day and night.

Automatic support in queues

On the driver support side, the new Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist enables safe and comfortable semi-autonomous driving by automatically following the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic. Acceleration, braking and now also steering are controlled automatically.

Making sure that the driver remains in full control also when manoeuvring and reversing in tight spaces, the all-new XC90 features a 360° Surround view. It gives the driver a birds-eye view where information from all cameras are added up digitally to a one 360° image. The Park Assist Pilot now also offers automatic reversing into a parking bay.

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