Since 2002, the Volvo XC90 has rolled off the assembly line for twelve years, almost unchanged. With the world premiere of the second generation, it is not just the technology, the look, the safety standards, the luxury standards and the platform that change. Volvo is showing a completely new car that was developed over three years and devoured around 11 billion US dollars in investment.
It can no longer be recognized. The name and roughly the shape remained, everything else is completely new. Above all, the new SPA platform, which from now on “underpins” all new Volvo models (apart from the 40 family).
“SPA allowed us to develop the world’s first SUV without compromise. The driver is always in full control. Generous space and flexible charging options meet agility and convenience. The Drive-E motors, which combine performance with efficiency, ensure pure driving pleasure. And since the new XC90 is a Volvo, it also offers maximum safety as standard. ”- Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development
The front is strong, large and ready for a new, long XC90 life. This means that the SUV is well prepared for the next twelve years, even if it won’t be long in coming for a revision this time. The T-shaped LED lights are based on the Nordic god of thunder, or better said his tool: Thor’s hammer! The hammer will also appear in all future Volvo models.
Viewed from the side, the second generation remains an XC90 through and through. The image of the panel van breaks through a few breaks and further lines. This makes the design much more emotional and dynamic than with the first generation. The rear is almost a delicate plant compared to the broad appearance of the front. This is due to the taillights, which are not exactly thick on the trunk and taper off very softly and thinly towards the roof edge.
As already assumed in the preview, the longer bonnet will also give other Volvo models a more stately impression. The immense up to 22-inch rims, on the other hand, are probably reserved for the XC90.
In the center console are the diamond-like foothills of a jewel. The start button looks like it was meant to be turned. It seems that the noble gear knob is not always on board as standard, but a leather selector lever. The little jewel is integrated much better and continues the design of the buttons.
More information about the new Volvo XC90 is also here on our blog
- Security technology
- Interior design
- Interior infotainment
- Apple CarPlay
- Bowers & Wilkins sound system