China to get super-luxury version of the 2015 Volvo XC90

Article by Christian A., on September 9, 2014

The 2015 Volvo XC90 made its debut last month and the new SUV made quite a buzz, just like the XC90 First Edition which was sold out in just 47 hours. Still, Volvo wants to take things even further and the Swedish carmaker owned by Geely is working on a super-luxury version for the Chinese market.

The new model will offer four seats, not 7, but what’s more interesting is that the rear seats will be set further back in order to offer plenty of legroom for the rear passengers. Currently, there are no details regarding the debut of the vehicle but Autocar says that it might be shown later this year.

Volvo’s all-new XC90 is offered with a twin-turbodiesel D5 engine producing 225 hp (168 kW) and 470 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, which returns a fuel economy of 39.2 mpg or 6 l/100 km. A D4 diesel engine is available two and delivers 190 hp (142 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, returning 56.5 US mpg or 5 l/100 km.

For those who want a petrol engine, the T6 turbocharged and supercharged engine is ready to take you anywhere thanks to its 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. In addition, there is a T5 petrol engine delivering 254 hp (189 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

The most interesting addition is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid version, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine that sends the power to the front wheels, as well as by an 80 hp electric motor which moves the rear wheels.

The total output of the hybrid system is 400 hp (298 kW) and 640 Nm (472 lb-ft). In the United States, the 2015 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD starts at $48,900.

All-new XC90 is the first Volvo to bear the brand's all-new more pronounced iron emblem, with the iconic arrow stylishly in line with the diagonal slice across the grille. Along with the T-shape Thor's Hammer DRL lighting, the iron emblem presents a completely new, distinct, and assertive look for Volvo's upcoming car generations.

The larger XC90 bonnet with its new structure, waistline, and sharper shoulders linking with the new tattoo-like rear lights are additional significant design hallmarks that will be echoed across the group.

Adding more visual strength from the profiles, the XC90 is available with a selection of wheel sizes up to 22”.

Luxury interior

XC90 interior is the most well-appointed to be designed for a Volvo. The most attractive feature is a mobile-like touchscreen control display that forms the core of a new in-car control arrangement. It is almost free of buttons, a minimalistic feature that frees up liberal areas and provides the chance to produce a contemporary, lavish interior configuration.

The interior of the new XC90 blends such materials as finest Nappa leather and hand-crafted detailed wood, which includes a gear lever of Orrefors crystal glass, the famous glassmaker from Sweden, and diamond-cut start/stop button and volume controls.

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