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2015 Volvo XC90 Unveiled

This is it, ladies and gentlemen! The second-gen Volvo XC90 has debuted and it's a far cry both styling and mechanical-wise from the first-gen model, which was manufactured between 2003 and July 2014.
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Although the outgoing model will live on as the XC90 Classic in China, the new model is what we'd call a game changer. The automaker has invested a lot of money in the all-new Scalable Product Architecture (SCA platform for short), but the luxury end of the deal has also been taken to new heights. First thing's first, those jawdroppingly gorgeous headlights shaped like a horizontal T. Baptized "Thor's Hammer," the new design has a lot of road presence and will make you look twice in your rearview mirror.

Then comes the puckered up front grille with a butch chin, those gorgeous bonnet creases, the Range Rover-like profile look and the uber cool styling of the taillights. Maybe we're a little bit excited by the new XC90's aesthetics, but you cannot deny that this Swedish SUV is a looker. Then comes the inside: real wood, aluminum, buttery leather and Scandinavian design cues. And then there's the trick iPad-like touchscreen infotainment system and that digital instrument panel. Even the automatic gearbox's gear knob is made by renowned Swedish glass and crystal manufacturer Orrefors to look like a little jewel.

Being a Volvo, safety is at home with the 2015 Volvo XC90. The automaker says that the mid-size luxury SUV is their safest automobile yet. Just to highlight a few important passive/active safety features, we'll mention the City Safety System and the anti-whiplash WHIPS system. For the connected customer, the Volvo XC90 integrates a feature that mirrors your Android or Apple phone's screen on the media screen. Furthermore, the Sensus Connect Touch infotainment unit can also play music via Bluetooth connection.

Just like iis forerunner, the second-generation Volvo XC90 has seating for seven, with the third row suitable for people up to 170 cm tall. Price? In Europe it will start from under €70,000. That is slightly more money compared to the first-gen but you do get a lot of stuff completely standard and big improvements with creature comforts, luxury, styling, technology, driving dynamics, the lot. As for engine options, four will be available at launch: a 2-liter D4 turbo diesel packing 190 horsepower and 400 Nm, a D5 twin-turbo diesel with 225 ponies and 470 Nm on tap, a 2-liter T5 turbo petrol with 254 horsepower and 350 Nm, as well as the range-topping T6 engine, which is both turbocharged and supercharged, rated 320 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. Pretty neat engine range, huh?

But there's a further drivetrain option - the T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid. It uses a 320 horsepower gasoline engine and an electric motor bolted to the rear axle that churns out 82 ponies for a combined output of just over 400 horsepower and 640 Nm. The 2015 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine boasts with a 25-mile all-electric range in the urban jungle. We will return with further info regarding the all-new Volvo XC90 shortly, right after the marque wraps up the launch event of its most important model to date.

 
 
 
 
 

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