Volvo reveals sketches of the XC90 successor

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 21, 2011

What Volvo unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show wasn’t nearly as interesting as the four sketches shown at its Camarillo, California, design studio of the design directions that the next-generation XC90 crossover may take. The sketches reveal the variations in terms of the size and shape of the signature taillamps, the differences in the C-pillar treatment, and the various degrees of angularity in the overall shapes.

But what’s a common thread in all the sketches is that they’re a lot more modern than the current XC90, which has been available in the market since 2002.

Volvo hasn’t implied which of the four is likely to be chosen as the final design but it said that the XC90 would be the first vehicle to use Volvo’s upcoming Scalable Platform Architecture.

In addition, the next XC90 will be offered only with four-cylinder engines in keeping with its future powertrain strategy. With the size of the XC90, it’s expected to offer direct injection and large amounts of turbocharging.

It may even use a version of the kinetic energy recovery system that the firm is presently testing. Volvo has yet to confirm if there will be a hybrid version but this is a likely scenario since the SPA platform is designed to handle all ranges of electrification. A source said that the next-gen XC90 will be introduced in 2014.

Volvo prided itself for having the most luxurious seats available. So it goes without saying, that the new Volvo XC90 model will have the latest design for their seats. In fact, the 7- seater SUV now features a more spacious cabin to bring optimum comfort for everyone on-board.

The ergonomically designed seats adapt to the shape of the human body. Also, there are several adjustments available for different individuals. The XC90 seats also come with a massager, seat cushion and side bolsters with adjustable mode.

On the second row, the seats are divided individually into three sections. Each of the seats can be adjusted and reclined depending on the passenger’s preferred seating position. The 2nd row occupant can also slide the seats forward to give the 3rd row passengers more legroom. Otherwise, they can use these adjustments to get more space anywhere inside.

Besides, the maximum height at the third row is up to 170cm. That means that space will never be an issue even when you’re seating at the very back. For families with small children, the crossover SUV also offers the child bolster cushion around the middle seat.

What better way to enjoy these comfy seats than to have a smooth and solid ride. Good thing, Volvo XC90 also provides better driving dynamics. Thanks to its all-new (front and rear) chassis, double wishbone front suspension and integrated rear link axle. The premium SUV also comes with the lightweight transverse leaf spring and the optionally available electronically controlled air suspension (in 5 different modes) for excellent road performance.

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