The second generation Volvo XC90 after its world premier last August has proved to be quite a hit, and here’s one reason why the luxury SUV is so well received – it’s got over 16,000 orders even before hitting the showrooms! That’s a substantial number considering the fact that nobody has yet to see the car in the metal, well at least not all 16,000 of them owners.
To keep things fresh, the XC90 has been redesigned from the ground up, featuring a Thor’s hammer-like LED daytime running lights at the front. This bold design cue is complemented with the horizontally slatted grille and sharper, bolder lines around the car. It’s also the first vehicle to ride on the brand’s latest Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA).
Inside the XC90 is truly where its charm is. It loses almost all of the conventional Swedish carmaker’s styling from decades ago, and also lost here is the floating centre console. Smacked right in the centre is the controversial 8-inch touchscreen panel where most of the in-car functions including air conditioning can be controlled. Touch-based controls coming from the maker of the world’s safest cars? Baffling.
Engine choices are aplenty, ranging from the new turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four cylinder Drive-E petrol or diesel engines. The oil burning D4 engine makes 190 hp and 400 Nm, while the D5 twin-turbo produces 225 hp and 470 Nm.
The petrol T5 belts 254 hp and 350 Nm, whereas the T6 is twincharged to deliver 320 hp and 400 Nm. There’s also the T8 plug-in hybrid variant, one that gets a twincharged 2.0-litre petrol motor paired to a 60kW electric motor punching 240 Nm nestled at the rear axle.
Production of the seven-seater luxury SUV began late January, and deliveries will begin as soon as March this year. It’s unclear as of now what variants we will be getting, but we hope the R-Design variant will also find its way in the XC90 lineup when it arrives in the fourth quarter this year. Fingers crossed!
Volvo XC90 R Design
Volvo XC90 T8 – Plug-in Hybrid