First model based on new Scalable Platform Architecture
After a series of teasers, the 2015 Volvo XC90 finally makes its global unveil in Sweden.
The 2015 XC90 will be the first Volvo to carry the company's new iron mark logo wherein the arrow is now aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. The headlights now come with T-shaped LED daytime running lights dubbed as 'Thor's Hammer.' The hood has been redesigned and larger than the previous model.
The rear design of the car are now sharper along with the new thin taillights. Available wheels for the car come in varying sizes and can reach all the way up to 22-inches.
Inside, the interior is covered in a soft leather grain combined with handcrafted wood trims. The gear lever is made of crystal glass from Orrefors, a Swedish glassmaker. It also has diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
A tablet-like screen adorns the center console and serves as the center piece for the vehicle's new in-car control system. A Bowers-Wilkins audio system is installed for the new XC90 that is comprised of 1,400 Watt Class-D amplifier, 19 speakers and an air-ventilated subwoofer, a first of its kind.
Two new safety systems have been integrated for the car. The first of which is a run off-road protection system that monitors what is happening outside the vehicle while at the same time tightening the seat belts in an event of a run-off road scenario. Alongside the system is an energy-absorbing function between the seat and the seat frame that softens the landing while in rough terrain and avoids spinal injury. The second safety feature is the City Safety automatic braking system that avoids collision with other vehicles. The system also monitors cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car, day or night.
Powering the XC90 are a range of Drive-E engines that was introduced nearly 2 months ago. The D4 spec will house a turbo diesel engine that is rated to produce 193 PS with 400 Nm of torque while the D5 spec will utilize a twin-turbo diesel engine that produces 228 PS with 470 Nm of torque.
The T5 spec will use a gasoline-powered engine that is rated at 258 PS with 320 Nm of torque while the range topping T6 spec will be driven by a 2.0-liter inline four cylinder gasoline engine that is capable of producing 324 PS.
A plug-in hybrid is also available and comes in the T8 guise. It uses the engine from the T6 variant but has an electric motor that powers the rear wheels and produces an additional 81 PS, which lets the T8 produce a total system power of 406 PS.
The XC90 is the first model to utilize the Volvo's new Scalabe Product Architecture (SPA). The new platform incorporates a safety cage which allows a mix of of different steel grades that ensures rigidity and energy absorption and a new electrical architecture that enables easy installation of new technology in vehicle dynamics, safety and infotainment.