Volvo Car has started taking orders for all-new Volvo XC90 – its first vehicle produced using new in-house designed and built chassis and engines. Interested buyers who have placed orders from their dealers will also be entertained to become some of the first owners to receive their Volvo XC90. Volvo sold out the XC90 First Edition within 47 hours.
The carmaker is only building 1927 examples, representing the year Volvo was founded -- all in one specification level and in the same exterior color and interior upholstery. The carmaker has received positive and constructive feedbacks from customers who were given a chance to preview the new XC90 and is making a number of changes that buyers could avail of.
For instance, customers from the United Kingdom could avail of the 320hp T6 petrol engine and of the auxiliary heater -- standard on the T8 Twin Engine -- on the D5 engine. The auxiliary heater enables a driver to pre-condition the cabin to a set temperature as the user likes it. Volvo is building the new XC90 on its new SPA chassis.
The vehicle was designed under the supervision of Thomas Ingenlath, showing the new styling direction for future Volvo models. Featuring a new interior and centerpiece as well as tablet-style center touchscreen, the XC90 is powered by Volvo’s new Drive-E engine range.
Interested buyers could choose from an all-wheel-drive (AWD) D5 225hp diesel; an AWD T6 320hp petrol or an AWD T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid.
Volvo’s XC90 has long been known to be a seven-seater SUV that delivers premium quality. This latest incarnation is not only visually striking but is also fitted with new powertrain technologies. It has that superlative interior finish and some of the best safety features in the world. The model’s combination of power and fuel efficiency remains to be unmatched. It goes without saying that the new XC90 signifies a start in a new chapter for the brand.
Not only does this model come with its very own array of new technologies but it also manages to capture Volvo’s future design direction. In addition, it makes use of the brand’s very own Scalable Product Architecture technology, or SPA. Volvo revealed that the First Edition of this new offering will have a total of 1,927 individually numbered models.
The new XC90 was released during the early part of September 2014. While it was only made available through digital commerce, it was sold out within 47 hours of release. When it comes to the interior, the XC90 has one of the most luxurious Volvo models to have been designed. One of the most striking features on the inside is the tablet-like touch screen control console.
This same feature is what forms the heart of the control system of this new model. Since there are no buttons to speak of, the simplicity of this control console opens up those generous surfaces and allows the opportunity to deliver an interior architecture that is more luxurious and contemporary.
In terms of design, this new model is the first from the brand to carry its very own and more pronounced iron mark. This mark has that iconic arrow that has been aligned elegantly with the diagonal slash placed across the model’s grille. Combined with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running lights (DRL), the iron mark is able to offer a completely new, unique, as well as confident face for the brand’s upcoming generation of cars.
Volvo disclosed that the XC90 has a number of other significant design signature that will be echoed across the brand’s range. These include, among others, the topography and beltline. It also has sharpened shoulders which extend to the new and tattoo-like lights in the rear. In order to give the sides more visual muscle, Volvo will be offering for the new XC90 a wide range of sizes for the wheels going as big as 22 inches.