2015 Volvo XC90 Leapfrogs Competition With New Safety Technology | Edmunds

2015 Volvo XC90 Leapfrogs Competition With New Safety Technology


Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Volvo XC90 will feature two "world's first" standard safety features: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability.
  • Volvo said the redesigned XC90 is the first car in the world with technology that features automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car.
  • In an accidental road departure, the XC90 detects what is happening and tightens the front seatbelts.

ROCKLEIGH, New Jersey — The 2015 Volvo XC90 will feature two "world's first" standard safety features: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability, the automaker said on Tuesday.

The wraps will come off the 2015 XC90 in August, followed by a formal debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. The 2015 XC90 is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the spring. Pricing has not been announced.

Volvo said the redesigned XC90 is the first car in the world with technology that features automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car.

"This is a common scenario at busy city crossings as well as on highways, where the speed limits are higher," Volvo said in a statement. "The XC90 detects a potential crash and brakes automatically in order to avoid a collision or mitigate the consequences of a crash."

In an accidental road departure, the XC90 detects what is happening and tightens the front seatbelts. The SUV also features energy-absorbing material between the seat and seat frame "to cushion the vertical forces that can arise when the car encounters a hard landing in the terrain," Volvo said.

"This counteracts spine injuries, which are a serious and relatively frequent consequence of these situations," it added.

The automaker calls this technology "run-off road protection."

Volvo has pledged that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.

The 2015 XC90 also gets improved automatic parking. The latest Park Assist Pilot feature can parallel park by taking over and operating the steering wheel. The driver controls the car's speed and gearbox. The XC90 also can display a 360-degree bird's eye view of the area around the car on the center display.

The descriptions of the new safety and improved self-parking features are part of a slow unveiling of the SUVs. Earlier, Volvo showed off the interior of the XC90 and detailed the SUV's powertrains.

The 2015 XC90 competes with the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, Lexus GX 460 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers are getting a clearer idea of what the 2015 Volvo XC90 will offer, but we're still waiting for a first look at the SUV.

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