The local premium SUV segment will once again have a new challenger as Volvo prepares to launch the all-new XC90. In this regard, we get a sneak peak of its upcoming seven-seater SUV.
Globally revealed last August 2014, the all-new XC90 is the first Volvo to sport the brand's new iron-mark logo wherein the arrow is now aligned with the diagonal slash across the grill. The local spec XC90 will have LED headlights, T-shaped LED daytime running lights dubbed as 'Thor's Hammer,' a high-gloss front grill, and fog lights.
In addition, the local spec XC90 is set to come with aluminum roof rails, painted wheel arches, large rear quarter windows and dual exhaust pipes. It is finished off with 19-inch alloy wheels.
Dimension-wise, the all-new XC90 measures 4950mm long, 2140mm wide and 1776mm tall with a wheelbase of 2984mm.
Inside, it has leather upholstery, an 8-inch digital display, and an adjustable steering wheel with controls. It will also have 4-way power front seats with lumbar support and driver seat memory. Visible through the central display is the new Sensus infotainment system, which combines navigation and audio controls in an easy-to-use tablet-like interface.
Of note, the 2016 XC90 features a knob-type engine start switch.
For the local market, the XC90 will be available with two engines: one is a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 324 PS and 400 Nm of torque while the other one is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel the produces 228 PS and 470 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed geartronic automatic trasmission.
According to Volvo PH, the 2016 XC90 will have a starting price between PhP 5 to 6 million. A top-spec T6, which adds a panoramic moonroof, heads-up display, Bowers & Wilkins audio, and oher premium features, will also be available. Final pricing and more details will be revealed when they officially launch in two weeks.