New 2015 Volvo XC90: price, specs, and exclusive pics

5 Dec, 2014 4:20pm James Batchelor

We've got all you need to know about the new Volvo XC90, plus exclusive pictures

Volvo's XC90 goes on sale in Spring 2015 and is the Swedish firm’s offering in the competitive premium seven-seat SUV market. But that sentence is far too simplistic to describe this Volvo as this is one of 2015’s most important cars.

Volvo is calling the XC90 the car that is helping them re-launch the brand 85 years on from its birth. That’s no small claim. The car debuts an outstanding compliment of technology and is, according to the company themselves, the safest car it has ever built.

It shows off a brand new design language – one that will be seen on Volvos for many years to come and is Volvo’s best attempt yet at becoming a truly premium car maker that can take on the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

When it arrives in the spring of 2015, UK buyers will have the choice of three trim levels. Gone are conservative trim names and in their places are ‘Momentum’, ‘R-Design’ and ‘Inscription’ while under the bonnet you’ll find four-cylinder engines – just like every model in the rest of the Volvo range in the near feature, there won’t be any five-, six- or eight-cylinder units.

When it lands in 2015, the XC90 will go up against premium SUVs like the BMW X5Porsche CayenneVolkswagen Touareg, Mercedes M-Class and Land Rover Discovery. It’ll be priced from £45,550.

Volvo XC90 2015: exclusive video tour 

Volvo XC90 2015: design details 

As well as gaining new owners, Volvo has also embarked on a new design direction with its flagship SUV. Wrapped in sophisticated new metalwork, the XC90’s styling cues adopted from the Volvo Coupe Concept  are clear.

The prominent chrome trimmed grille is a first from Volvo and will become a trademark feature on future models, as too will the T-shaped LED daytime running lights (called Thor). An elongated but chiseled bonnet cuts back into the car’s shoulder line, stretching all the way to the tapered rear lights, exaggerating the XC90’s broad stance.

Volvo designer Anders Gunnarson told Auto Express he and his team wanted to give the car real confidence on the road and the car’s strong proportions were helped with the new SPA platform that encourages well-portioned designs.

New Volvo XC90 interior design revealed

The bold redesign extends to cabin, too. A new tablet-like nin-inch touchscreen is the centerpiece, replacing a multitude of buttons and dials with a clean, clutter-free dash.

Elsewhere, there are swathes of wood and leather throughout the cabin with handcrafted highlights such as the crystal-glass gear level (on the plug-in hybrid model) and diamond cut designs for the starter button and volume controls.

2015 Volvo XC90: new SPA platform technology

The reveal of the second-gen XC90 isn’t just the re-launch of the SUV it also signifies the rebirth of Volvo. Key to the SUV’s new footprint is the adoption of the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will underpin a whole new portfolio of models currently under development from Volvo.

It’s lighter, stronger and therefore safer than the platform employed by the current XC90 and also significantly increases passenger space in the second and third row of seats. Volvo claims the rearmost seats will comfortably accommodate adult passengers as tall as 5ft 6in. 

Volvo XC90 advanced new engine tech

The innovative XC90 running gear brings with it a lineup of new and efficient petrol and diesel engines. All will be 2.0-litre four-cylinder units and part of the new Drive-E family. 

The 316bhp T6 petrol is both turbo- and super-charged, while the 222bhp D5 diesel is twin-turbocharged, with both engines mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

A new 390bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain will also be offered in the XC90, which combines the 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. Despite being the most powerful variant it’s also the most efficient thanks to CO2 emission of only 60g/km. Its closest rival, the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, only manages 79g/km.

Only all-wheel drive XC90s will be available form launch in April 2015, with a front-wheel drive 187bhp D4 diesel offering arriving September next year.

World first safety technology in the new XC90

Alongside the huge leaps forward Volvo has made with efficiency of the XC90, the SUV also boasts two world first safety technologies.

A run-off road protection package tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead.

Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of on coming traffic. It works especially well at intersections and junctions. Both safety systems bring Volvo closer to its vision of nobody being seriously injured or killed in any of its vehicles by 2020.

The brand is so confident in its latest product it claims the new XC90 is not only one of the safest cars ever made but also the world’s first SUV built without compromise.

Volvo XC90 now on sale

Order books for the new XC90 opened in December 2014 with the range starting at £45,550. R-Design cars start at £49,050 while top drawer Inscription starts at £49,950. The plug-in T8 Twin Engine versions cost around £14,000 more than the entry-level D5 models in each trim level.

In September, Volvo made 1,927 First Edition cars. Available worldwide and exclusively online, the cars had every option box ticked and sold out within 47 hours – 53 were snapped up by UK buyers.

The Volvo XC90 is one of the stars of the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Check out full details on all the new models at the show here...

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Looks like Volvo is gliding down the same slippery path as Saab did with their "right size" concept just before going under. Taking out the potent 5,6 and 8 cylinder engines, petrol or diesel, means Volvo will not be competitive anymore to BMW, Mercedes and Audi. Entering the league of Skoda and Renault will be the beginning of their end. Shame.

I'm not sure what the point is of showing a ''xc90'' chassis on an xc70 body claiming 'new release......' as a headline. Come on guys, you do this a lot. Its misleading and not necessary. If i wanted misleading articles with rendered pictures made up by a 12 year old in his dads garage i'll start reading autocar mag.

Volvo should be adding new 5- and 6-cylinder engines, not removing them! A inline 6-cylinder Diesel would be a good start. Also, the 4.4-litre Yahama co-developed V8 should be revived and revised, twin-turbocharged and popped in to the V70 and S80 - only then will Volvo at least have a slight chance against BMW.

go to youtube and type in 2015 Volvo xc90 u will see it this isn't it that's a 2014 xc70

$65,000US for a Volvo? Good luck!

The whole industry is moving toward less cylinders and smaller displacement engines that are outclassing the bigger engines of the past. Progress and we are all the better for it.

The strategy might work in the EU, but out here in the wider world I can't see it doing Volvo any favours. I've tried these small turbo-charged engines which manufacturers are promoting in favour of their bigger underbonnet offerings, and they just don't cut it for me. My Lexus IS (not as wonderful as people seem to think) will be replaced by another V6. Maybe the Jaguar XE (it will be available with the F-type's V6), or maybe another Lexus if the production Jag doesn't present as well as I'm hoping. But not a Volvo. They've removed themselves from my list with this insistence on 4-cylinder engines.

The problem is, they don't outclass anything. Have you ever driven any of these cars? There's no replacement for displacement, as the old saying goes.

I've driven them. And the driving experience backs up what the figures tell you. More torque, more power, less weight, less thirsty.

Old 2.8 litres 6, less power than modern 1.2 litre 3 cyl.

Progress.

Maybe you prefer the old Four-and-a-half litre Bentley engine with its massive 110 HP. Displacement eh?

My response to that is: try a modern 2.8 litre V6. There is no replacement for displacement.

A modern 2.8 litre V6 will be heavier and thirstier, and will provide more power but that power will be more than required. When the smaller engines can more than provide what's necessary there is no point in paying for more.

There is no replacement for common sense.

The sound, dude, the sound. That's the point. And a V8 sounds even better!

Seems unlikely given that the first engine from the new Euro VI compliant Drive-e engines is the best in class 181hp and 99g/km CO2 D4 in S60, V60 and only 117 g/km in XC60. Volvo has put itself in the number 1 spot; territory held by BMW 5 years ago until quite recently with its then innovative Efficient Dynamics. Jury is out for XC90 but looks very promising.

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