The XC90 is based on the company's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will soon underpin all-new sedans and coupes. Volvo is making a $11 billion (€8.7 billion) commitment into new cars and production capabilities in the new three years. Already, their sales have increased by 9.2% during the first nine months of 2014, as full-year results are expected to reach 470,000 units.
This SUV can be considered unique in its segment, in that it comes exclusively with 2-liter engines, as opposed to the larger six-cylinder 3-liter mills used by BMW or Mercedes. The flagship of the range is called the XC90 T8 and packs a plug-in hybrid system with an amazing output of 400 horsepower.
The engine lineup will also include a 2-liter D5 twin-turbo diesel with 225 horsepower, along with the D4 turbo diesel engine rated at 190 horsepower. In America, Volvo will offer the XC90 in T6 guise, comprising of the same supercharged and turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder mill fitted to the T8 Twin Engine without the electric motor and pushing out 320 horsepower.
In addition to introducing a third shift, the Torslanda plant will also implement a revised working agreement to further support higher production volumes, Volvo says. The new agreement increases the flexibility in production to meet customer demand, similar to what Opel and VW have agreed with their employees in Germany.