Volvo will finally move to launch a new XC90 in 2014 about 13 years after the original model entered production. This new luxury SUV would be the first model built on the new SPA (Scaleable Platform Architecture) which will be where the next generation of its S60, V70, XC60 and S80 models would be built on.
In addition, the new XC90 will make use of Volvo’s new generation of downsized, four-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engines, which would all be offered in petrol and diesel versions. Recently, Volvo released a succession of teaser renderings of the next XC90, with each one unique.
Its wide grille design, one of the XC90’s most prominent features, actually debuted on the Concept Universe saloon at the 2011 Shanghai motor show almost immediately after Geely bought Volvo.
There are two proposals that are more evolutionary, aside from a wedged XC90 that’s more elegant and stylish. Volvo hasn’t said what design will be selected. However, it’s believed that the interior of the next XC90 would offer a higher level of luxury but it will be as practical as the first model.
Furthermore, the new XC90 will be available as a plug-in hybrid but will use hardware that is a product of the collaboration between Volvo and Siemens. Sources told Autocar that Volvo wants to develop a small SUV to rival the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
But since Volvo doesn’t have a small-car platform to use, it’s likely that this plan would not happen in the near future. The V40, which has recently arrived, is based on architecture from Ford, the previous owner of Volvo. That’s why we shouldn’t expect to see it on the all-new Volvo models.
The latest Volvo XC90 is the first of its kind to carry the brand's more flashy iron mark, which has the signature arrow stylishly aligned with the diagonal slash seen on the grille. Along with the T-shaped "Thor's Hammer" DRL lights, the mark gives a totally new, defined and aggressive design for Volvo's upcoming roster of vehicles.
XC90's bigger bonnet with its new contour, the beltline and the refined shoulders integrating with the tattoo-like, brand new back lights are other valued style icons that will be reflected across the range.
To add more masculine features on the sides, the XC90 includes different wheel sizes that can go up to 22 inches.
The inside of the XC90 is the most elegant that Volvo has ever designed. The most prominent feature is the touch screen control console similar to a tablet, which is the center of the all-new in-car control system. This feature is literally without any buttons; it’s a simple design that provides generous space and gives the clients a chance to make a contemporary, elegant interior architecture.
The interior of the brand new Volvo XC90 mixes materials like the best Nappa leather and wood with defined handcrafted details, which include a gear lever of crystal glass produced by Orrefors, the popular Swedish glassmaker, and controls made of diamond for volume control and the start and stop button.