2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design arrives with a sporty and dynamic look

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 18, 2014

Volvo unveiled the all-new XC90 back in August but the manufacturer also introduced the XC90 First Edition, which was reportedly sold out in just 47 hours. Now, the Swedish manufacturer unveiled another variant of the XC90: the 2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design. That’s right folks, the XC90 just got sportier and looks absolutely stunning!

As a result, the vehicle arrives with a redesigned front bumper, a new front grille, new fog lights, a silk metal window surround, integrated roof rails and silver matt mirror covers. At the rear, there is a redesigned bumper with integrated air diffuser and larger dual exhausts.

The design is completed by the 20-inch R-Design alloy wheels, but smaller wheels are available too. Inside, the XC90 R-Design gets gearshift paddles, Contour sports seats, a steering wheel wrapped in leather just like the gearshift knob, new pedals, floor mats and illuminated tread plates.

An R-Design leather key remote control also comes as standard. In addition, the interior gets a 12.3-inch display that features a unique R-Design theme.

The 2015 XC90 R-Design can be ordered with the T6 turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine that produces 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. A T5 petrol engine is also available with 254 hp (189 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

For diesel fans, we have a twin-turbodiesel D5 engine that generates 225 hp (168 kW) and 470 Nm (347 lb-ft) of torque. A less powerful D4 disel engine arrives with 190 hp (142 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

Press Release


Volvo Cars has released the first images of the R-Design version of the all new XC90, aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look.

“R-Design is created for people with a passion for things that add spice to life,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group. “It appeals to customers that love active driving and a personal, expressive design. Every single R-Design detail is designed to contribute to the individualistic and refined expression these customers desire.”

The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the driver-centric interior featuring R-Design Contour sports seats in Nubuck and perforated leather. A choice of Drive-E powertrains offering up to 400 hp and the completely new XC90 chassis ensure an agile driving experience.

The release of the R-Design follows Volvo’s release of 1,927 individually numbered black First Edition XC90’s which were offered for sale exclusively online and sold out in 47 hours.

Distinctive R-Design detailing

The R-Design exterior includes a number of distinguishing details, such as grille, front spoiler, silk metal window surround, integrated dual exhausts, integrated silver roof rails and silver matt mirror covers. 20-inch R-Design alloy wheels complete the stylish, dynamic look.

Inside, gearshift paddles, plus the Contour sports seats and perforated leather steering wheel and gearshift knob are accompanied by special R-Design details, such as sports seats, pedals, floor mats and illuminated tread plates. The driver also gets an exclusive R-Design leather key remote control.

Tablet-like touch screen

The tablet-like touch screen in the centre and a 12.3-inch fully graphical driver display are of course included in the R-Design. The driver display also features a unique R-Design theme. The heart of the all-new in-car control is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to operate their car and access a range of Internet and cloud based products and services.

New trim level strategy

The core of the new XC90 range will be the Momentum model. Above this sits two separate branches – for a sports-inspired look and feel, the R-Design offers exclusive features and design detailing. Meanwhile, for an elegant look and an even more luxurious experience, customers can opt for the richly equipped Inscription model.

“In principle, we have replaced the previous top level with the Inscription and R-Design versions. Both of them feature an elevated content, carefully chosen to emphasise each of their distinctive individual personalities,” said Alain Visser.

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