What is described as the world’s most powerful and cleanest 7-seat premium SUV will stand as the flagship of the Volvo XC90 range that’s about to go on sale in South Africa.
Technologically the new vehicle is significant is many ways, notably in being the first on Volvo Cars’ new Scalable Product Architecture
Volvo’s 4-cylinder Drive-E engine provides the basis for a range of power options, in both petrol and diesel. Twin Engine technology in the flagship XC90 T8 produces 300 kW and 470 N.m yet only 49 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
More visibly, the XC90 driver interface is based on touch screen technology and an intuitively tiled menu system that is said to take the effort out of personalisation and interaction. Volvo’s Sensus control system delivers connectivity with a range of cloud-based applications and services that can be operated via the touch screen, through steering wheel controls, or via the advanced on-board voice control system.
Initially, the all-new Volvo XC90 will launch with the T6 and D5 derivatives. D4 and T5 derivatives will follow toward the end of 2015 and the T8 is due to arrive during the first half of 2016.
“The XC90 represents the future of Volvo Cars. It is the first step in our product renewal plan and reflects our commitment to deliver a new kind of luxury car experience,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.
New levels of safety
Taking the best of Volvo’s innovative safety systems and adding to that list, the XC90 comes fully equipped with the IntelliSafe package as standard, delivering two world firsts – Run-off Road Protection, and Auto Brake at Intersections.
“We look at real-life accident statistics and study real crash scenes with our Traffic Accident Research Team. We do not develop new safety systems or features to pass tests – we develop them to save lives. This is why we can confidently aim to meet our Vision 2020 goal of having no one killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. We believe we have developed the safest SUV,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
Source: Volvo SA