2015 Volvo XC90 Features Thor?s Hammer Running Lights | Edmunds

2015 Volvo XC90 Features Thor?s Hammer Running Lights


Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Volvo XC90's front end gives a major nod to Norse mythology with its T-shaped running lights that are patterned after Thor's hammer, the automaker said in a statement on Tuesday.
  • Thor, the Norse god of thunder, used his hammer to battle trolls, giants and dragons.
  • The redesigned XC90 will do battle with the 2015 Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Infiniti QX60.

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — The 2015 Volvo XC90's front end gives a major nod to Norse mythology with its T-shaped running lights that are patterned after Thor's hammer, the automaker said in a statement on Tuesday.

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, used his hammer to battle trolls, giants and dragons.

The redesigned XC90 will do battle with the 2015 Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Infiniti QX60.

The Swedish seven-passenger SUV will be unveiled in two weeks in Stockholm. Key details such as U.S. pricing and launch timing have not been announced.

The story of the new XC90 has been unfolding in bits all summer. One of the running themes is the SUV's nod to its Swedish heritage and use of Swedish materials. For instance, the gearshift lever is made of crystal from Orrefors, the Swedish glassmaker.

The announcement about the Thor's hammer running lights came as Volvo revealed the first look at the "face" of the SUV.

The face is "distinguished by its T-shaped running lights, christened ?Thor's hammer' by the design team after the shape of the hammer used by the famous Norse god of thunder Thor," said Volvo in a statement.

The unusual light treatment is designed to give the XC90 "presence" on the road, according to the automaker.

"Anyone who looks in their rearview mirror is going to know immediately that there is a new XC90 behind them," said Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo senior vice president of design.

The XC90 will be built on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture, a modular chassis technology said to give engineers and designers the chance to introduce new design features, interior flexibility and a wider range of powertrains.

Volvo says the XC90 T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid model will be the only seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV available in the U.S.

Another option for U.S. buyers will be a 316-horsepower T6 supercharged and turbocharged gasoline engine.

Edmunds says: Volvo turns to Norse mythology to craft what it hopes will be an SUV of mythic proportions.

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