The design, engines, and the luxurious interiors took everyone by surprise.
The first generation of the XC90 was a mix of engines, technologies and parts from Ford, Volvo and even Yamaha (the V8 gasoline engine). This new generation is something completely different, though. With its own 2-liter turbocharged engines, diesel or gasoline, and a hybrid version for the top of the range T8, the 2014 XC90 is a medium-size SUV built for luxury and sustainability. The plug-in hybrid offers a combined total output of 400 hp, while the fuel consumption under WLTP norms is just 2.5 l/100 km (94 mpg).
Inside, beside the luxurious leather and wood, Volvo installed a crystal gearshift lever and a 1400W Bower&Wilkins sound system with 19 speakers. There are seven seats available, with genuine leather on the contact surfaces, and the last row of foldable seats can accommodate passengers up to 1.70 m (5.6 ft.) in height.
The overall exterior dimensions of the 2014 XC90 make it 4950 mm (16.2 ft.) long, 1923 mm (6.3 ft.) wide, and 1776 (5.8 ft.) tall, which makes it the biggest Volvo car at the time of its launch (except the Volvo long-wheel base custom limousines).