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Next-generation Volvo XC90 coming by mid-2015

Next-generation Volvo XC90 coming by mid-2015
Written by Parichay Malvankar

Volvo Cars India is planning to launch their flagship SUV, the XC90 in India by mid-2015. The company website is already up getting prospective customers acquainted with the new vehicle.

The new XC90 is based on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) and is powered by the new Volvo Drive-E engines. The design language on the XC90 has been changed drastically and now wears a more prominent grille at the front with T-shaped LED DRLs, which are expected to feature on all future models. The diagonal slashing Volvo logo is placed on the front grille. It has a typical utilitarian silhouette and big, sweeping tail lamps too. Plenty of design highlights such as window sills have a chrome surround, chrome side body moulding, chrome finish on the front bumper, silver roof rails, wheels with up to 22″ option etc. will be provided.

Highlight on the interiors is the touchscreen infotainment system centrally mounted on the dashboard. This display houses the navigation system, media player and telephone controls as well. The XC90 also features a cloud based navigation system and other cloud services such as internet radio, music steaming etc. The gear lever of the XC90 is made of crystal glass and gets a diamond cut finish on the engine start / stop button. A Bowers and Wilkins audio system with 19 speakers has been provided with a 1400W class D amplifier.

Volvo is known for its safety tech and the XC90 comes equipped with two world-first technologies such as a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection ability. Another new function allows the XC90 to automatically follow the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic.

The first batch of these SUVs will be powered by two engines based on the 2.0L, Drive-E range. A supercharged and turbocharged petrol T6 will be offered with power delivery of 320 BHP while the diesel twin-turbo D5 will provide 225 BHP of power. Engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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Source – ET Auto