First opening its doors on November 1994, Volvo marks its 21th year in the Philippines and celebrated it by giving the public the chance to see the 2016 XC90 in the metal in Rockwell. Over the course of 21 years, Volvo has expanded their operations to Cebu for Visayas and Mindanao customers, North EDSA and Alabang. Volvo also opened a new dealership this year, putting up a dealership in Iloilo. Since its arrival in the Philippines, Volvo PH has delivered over 4,000 cars nationwide.

With the preview of the 2016 XC90, the company says their new mid-size crossover shows “the new face of Volvo” and showed the public what to expect from future models. The XC90 spearheads the next generation Volvo from its platforms to its technologies. The new XC90 is the first Volvo to carry the company’s new more prominent iron mark, with its arrow aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille. Together with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights, the mark introduces an “entirely new, distinctive and confident face” for Volvo’s forthcoming generation of cars.

2016 Volvo XC90 driver's view

Volvo says the 2016 XC90 has “the most the most luxurious to have been designed for a Volvo”, featuring 'minimalist' Scandinavian design cues. It features a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the all-new in-car control system. Called Sensus, it gives access to a wide selection of cloud-based applications from Internet radio, connected navigation to seamless music streaming. Sensus also has the ability to mirror and use Apple and Android devices in the touch screen display, a hot spot for using a tablet in the car.

The system is virtually button free and allows for more space. According to Volvo, the space saved by using Sensus gives the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture. The all-new XC90 interior combines materials such as finest Nappa leather and wood with handcrafted details, such as the diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

Volvo XC90 rear

As part of its plans for the future, the XC90 features an all-new platform which underpin upcoming models. Volvo spent $11 billion to create the new platform, with the XC90 being the first recipient of the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which can be shortened or lengthened, depending on the needs of the market.

Lastly, the XC90 is powered by a range of two-liter, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains and the D5 twin turbo diesel engine with 225 PS and 470 Nm. Top spec models are equipped with a T6 engine with supercharged and turbocharged aspiration, resulting in 320 PS and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. All engine versions come with Volvo Cars’ 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard.