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2016 Volvo XC90 Debuts Ahead of 2014 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2016 Volvo XC90 is set to arrive in U.S. showrooms in April 2015.
  • It is lower, longer and wider than the current model and it is the first Volvo model built on the company's newest vehicle platform.
  • Volvo says a well-equipped XC90 with the standard V6 engine will be priced at around $48,900.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden The 2016 Volvo XC90, unveiled this week in Sweden, is as much about the relaunch of the company as it is the debut of a new SUV.

In the 13 years since the debut of the original XC90, Volvo has passed from Ford ownership into the hands of the Chinese conglomerate, Geely. This is the first fruit of that partnership, a whole new model that no longer relies on the Ford parts catalog. As one senior insider put it, this is Volvo's "all in" model. Failure is unthinkable.

Volvo had originally intended to launch its new era with an S90 sedan, but three years ago the decision was taken to concentrate instead on the SUV. "The SUV is the new heartland of Volvo," CEO HÃ¥kan Samuelsson told Edmunds. "Our world has moved on from wagons to SUVs."

Following a public display at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October, the 2016 XC90 will reach U.S. Volvo dealers next April, where it will go head-to-head with the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Audi Q7.

SUV buyers tend to be a conservative bunch so it's no surprise that Volvo has played it safe with the XC90's styling. The rear-end treatment is instantly familiar, but the nose shows off the new face of Volvo, a look previewed on a series of showcars.

The prominent grille features a revised Volvo badge, while the T-shaped "Thor's Hammer" daytime running lights will be a signature of all future models.

What these images above don't really show is the change in proportions. The new model is lower, wider and longer than before, with an elongated hood that gives it a more planted stance. Although Volvo is yet to release the official dimensions, the Swedes confirm the SUV is sized between the BMW X5 and Volvo Q7. Even the wheels will measure up to 22 inches.

The XC90 is built on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which is exclusive to the brand. In modified guise it will also underpin the forthcoming S90 sedan and V90 wagon, and the replacements for the XC60, S60 and V60, all of which will debut within the next four years.

All these models will also benefit from Volvo's new interior design philosophy. Gone is the plethora of buttons that dominated the fascia of the old model. They will be replaced by a fully integrated and WiFi-enabled touchscreen display system, similar to that found in the Tesla Model S. Volvo's interior designers boast the dashboard now has just eight buttons, compared with an average of over 30 for rivals in the premium SUV class.

The XC90 will eventually be offered with either five or seven seats. The latter is likely to prove the most popular option, offering a third row capable (says Volvo) of accommodating passengers up to 5-feet 7-inches tall.

In the best Volvo tradition, the seats are exceptionally comfortable and the quality represents a major step forward. There are some nice details too, including a crystal glass from a local Swedish glassmaker set atop of the gear shifter and the option of a 1,400-watt, 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

Volvo has taken the bold step to offer the XC90 with four-cylinder gasoline engines only. The entry-level offering at launch will be the 316-horsepower T6, which is both turbocharged and supercharged. Topping the range is what Volvo calls the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. This adds a rear-mounted electric motor to deliver a combined output of "around" 400-hp and a 0-62-mph run of 6.5 seconds.

Volvo claims this is the world's first seven-seater plug-in hybrid. An entry-level front-wheel-drive "T5" is likely to be added later next year.

As you'd expect from Volvo, the new XC90 includes numerous safety systems and it's claiming two world firsts. "Run-off road" protection identifies when the car has left the road and tightens the safety belts to hold the occupants in place. The seat frame then compresses to minimize the vertical forces acting on the driver's spine. The second "first" is an automatic braking system that alleviates the risk of the driver pulling out into the path of an oncoming car at a junction.

Exact pricing and specifications will be announced nearer the on-sale date next spring but Volvo says a XC90 T6 AWD will have a starting price of around $48,900. That price would include navigation, 19-inch wheels and a panoramic sunroof as standard equipment.

There will also be a First Edition series limited to 1,927 cars in homage to the year Volvo was founded (1927). Individually numbered, these vehicles will boast a specification that ticks just about every box on the options list, including nappa leather trim and air suspension. Fitted with the 316-hp T6 engine, the First Edition is priced at $65,900 and can be ordered online beginning 10 a.m. ET, September 3 for delivery next April.

Volvo expects 500 First Editions to be sold in the U.S.

Edmunds says: It's an impressive looking SUV on paper and it should be. The original XC90 has been on the market for 13 years now, so the new version can't come soon enough.


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Only 7 buttons could be a plus or a minus depending on which buttons stay. The problem is that most designers opt to retain the least useful buttons and bury the important and frequently used HVAC controls into submenues on the the display screens.

  • dc_dave dc_dave Posts:

    Someone at Edmunds needs to edit this post. "Volvo says a well-equipped XC90 with the standard V6 engine will be priced at around $48,900." Well, Volvo doesn't have a V6 in its line-up and the old inline 6 cylinder (3.2 & T6) have been dropped altogether - even the new T4 is a 4-pot motor.

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    Two words- Next Level. Gorgeous body, great interior, very upscale looking. So, can we talk about the headlights? Every company seems to be adding a tadpole tail running up the fender. It looks like a money shot. Every other shape has a sort of rounded square, but this is just random. Its a nit pick, but throws off the look.

  • shellz shellz Posts:

    I agree on the need to edit the post..."the Swedes confirm the SUV is sized between the BMW X5 and Volvo Q7." I didn't know Volvo had a Q7.

  • grover432 grover432 Posts:

    Can they lose that two tone steering wheel?

  • bigcat007 bigcat007 Posts:

    I have two concern. If price of well equipped XC90 is higher than $45K, XC90 will fail to capture market. In order to compete with MDX, the price has to be in that range. Once XC90 beats MDX, MB & BMW customers will come by itself. If XC90 fails to snatch MDX, it will hard to get MB & BMW customers in the door. Volvo should look for volume not profit at this stage of hard time. Some how, I don't like square airbag compartment in the steering wheel. Old triangular shape of XC60 looks better.

  • bigcat007 bigcat007 Posts:

    Many of my relatives and friends would have ordered limited edition on Wednesday but with $66K price tag, no one is ordering. This online sale with $66K price will be disaster on Wednesday. If Volvo had marked the price $46K, it would have gone in first hour. After that all those media frenzy about XC90 would have given more free advertising than paid advertising.

  • 9volvos 9volvos Posts:

    As my name indicates I am a Volvo fan, However, Volvo has strayed far from the truth about this SUV. They did not sell out all the First Editions in August and these First Editions are still being offered to people in the US . Not a single 2016 XC90 has been sold here. Buyers in the United States, at least, were just asked to put down a $4000 fully refundable deposit. That means a person can just decide not to take possession and get their deposit back. It is not inconceivable that Volvo may end up offering incentives to move this actually nonexistent, untested, unproven vehicle. Not a single production model exists for this high priced SUV. There is absolutely no reliability information and this SUV has not yet been test driven over a reasonable time period by an independent organization. As of this date Volvo has not even let any independent expert actually drive one of the few concept SUVs they move around from show to show. Apparently the Volvo headquarters in the US doesn't even have one. Many of these "sales" will just disappear if Volvo does not offer a warranty/service plan superior to the BMW plan and if Volvo tries to ignore the Krona/Euro - USD exchange rate changes since the price was announced in August. So while it sounds good, and it would be nice if Volvo has a winner, there is a real chance the First Edition buyers may have numbered lemons. That is why I expect potential buyers of this vehicle to be very wary until it is proven on American roads, unless Volvo comes out with the absolutely best warranty/service plan in the business and accepts the exchange rate changes.

  • ushy66 ushy66 Posts:

    Volvo 2016 XC90 Configurator Site Check it out: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/11/18/volvo-launches-xc90-configurator-site/

  • ushy66 ushy66 Posts:

    2016 XC90 First Drive w/MotorTrend Staff Check it out: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1502_2016_volvo_xc90_first_drive/

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