New Volvo XC90 release date, price & rumours

4 Aug, 2014 3:35pm Owen Mildenhall

The new Volvo XC90 release date isn’t until 2015, but we have all the news ahead of its launch, including price and specs

The new Volvo XC90 is likely to be revealed full this year, set to go on sale priced from around £40,000 in early 2015. We could see it for the first time at the Paris Motor Show 2014, but for now our exclusive images give us a glimpse at how the car will look.

The second-gen XC90 will be a big step as part of Volvo’s development under Chinese owner Geely, and as you can see the design will be influenced bythe recent Coupe, XC Coupe and Estate concepts seen at various industry motor shows.

Slimmer headlights sit either side of a new grille shape, featuring distinctive T-shaped LED running lights. A smooth crease follows the shoulder line, while kinked horizontal tail-lights give the rear an unmistakable signature at night. 

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The XC90 is the first model built on the brand’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which will underpin all future large Volvos. Plus, it’ll come exclusively with the new range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel Drive-e engines, and for the first time there will be a front-wheel-drive alternative to the standard four-wheel drive. 

Our spies had previously caught the SUV testing (see the gallery above), but as prototypes disguised with XC70 bodywork – although the stretched wheelbase, raised ride height and taller body gave away its real identity. Plus, the XC90 has been spied winter testing in its native Sweden. This mule shows that the car will be similar in size to a BMW X5. It's likely that this test car has been undergoing calibration tests for the new ESP system, given the rollcage and racing seats visible inside.

We've also had the chance to ride in the new Volvo XC90.

Volvo XC90 2015: engine options 

Volvo has announced full engine details for the new seven-seater Volvo XC90, due on sale early in 2015, including an innovative petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Producing 394bhp and 650Nm of torque, the range-topping ‘Twin Engine’ model has fuel economy and CO2 emissions of around 110mpg and 60g/km – that’s some way behind the 148mpg, 44g/km Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV but then the Volvo has a 190bhp power advantage. 

Turning the front wheels is a 2.0-litre petrol engine from Volvo’s new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family, but to give the feel of a much larger-capacity engine a supercharger boosts low-end response, while the turbo takes over as the revs build up. Spinning the rear axle for four-wheel drive is a 79bhp electric motor, fed by a battery pack that runs along the spine of the car.

Volvo XC90 T8 badgeBadged ‘T8’, the plug-in XC90 can be switched between no less than five different driving modes – Off Road, AWD, Pure, Hybrid and Power – selectable via the Tesla Model S-style portrait-orientated central touchscreen. Select Pure and an electric only range of 25 miles is possible before the engine kicks in to help propel the car and charge the batteries. 

The only other engine choices are a pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E diesels, including the 223bhp, 470Nm D5 and the 187bhp, 400Nm D4 returning around 47mpg and 56mpg respectively.  An Eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive will come as standard.

New Volvo XC90 interior

Volvo XC90 2015 dash

Volvo has described the Volvo XC90's interior as "most luxurious interior ever," with a host of high quality materials such as soft leather, wood and a handcrafted crystal glass gear lever. Even the volume control switch is diamond-cut. “These details are designed to become the jewels of the interior,” said Robin Page, Volvo Cars’ interior design director.

Sitting at the centre of the interior is a new portrait-orientated touchscreen. This system allows drivers access to apps for things like music streaming and a word-first ‘Park and Pay’ system. It’s all been designed to be easy to use, too.

As ever in a Volvo, the seats are important. ‘Comfort’ chairs come as standard, featuring “an ergonomic shape that resembles the human spine” but there are optional ‘Contour’ versions, too. These offer a bit more lateral support.

The XC90 is a full seven-seater, with three individual seats in the second row and class-leading comfort in the third. Volvo says that passengers up to 5’5’’ will be comfortable in the rearmost seats.

New Volvo XC90 safety technology

Volvo has released full details on the safety and parking assist systems that will be fitted to the new XC90 luxury SUV, set to debut later this year. It claims the seven-seat SUV will be one of the safest cars on sale, with two groundbreaking world firsts in terms of accident prevention. 

One involves ‘run-off incidents’, when cars leave the road due to driver error or bad weather. The XC90’s system automatically tightens the front seatbelts, while the seats are designed to minimise spinal injuries if the car encounters a hard landing. 

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The other world first is a ‘junction brake’ system that stops the car if the driver tries to pull out in front of an oncoming vehicle at a junction. Like the Mercedes S-Class, the XC90 also knows if it’s about to be rear-ended, and will flash its tail-lights to try to alert the inattentive driver behind. Plus, the car tightens its occupants’ seatbelts and applies its brakes to cut the whiplash risk.

On-board sensors monitor the risk of a rollover during high-speed changes of direction. If you’re near the limit, the XC90 limits engine torque and applies the brakes to slow the car. If it’s already too late, curtain airbags for all three rows of seating immediately inflate. 

Also available in the new XC90 is automatic city braking, which recognises not just other vehicles, but cyclists, pedestrians and animals, too. An advanced exposure camera means this works at night, as well as in daylight. 

Meanwhile, road sign recognition is standard, there’s blind-spot monitoring and automatic parking, and the XC90 will also drive, brake and steer itself in slow-moving traffic. 

The suite of safety technology is a major part of the brand’s ‘Vision 2020 policy’, which boldly states that no occupant should be killed or seriously injured in an accident in a new Volvo by the year 2020.

Click through to page two for more details on the new XC90, including more safety innovations, exclusive pictures and infotainment details.

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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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