Last night marked the unveiling of the all-new Volvo XC90 that scripted the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history. The new Volvo XC90 and will be the first to carry the Volvo’s new iron mark which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille.
The car was unveiled in Stockholm, Sweden. The South African launch is projected in the second half of 2015 and the car is expect to cost R800 000 – minimum.
South Africa will get the top of the range, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine. This model combines a two-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor, offering an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation.
The all-new Volvo XC90’s interior is the most luxurious to date. The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system. This system is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services.
Theinterior combines soft leather and wood material with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
The car features one of the top audio systems available in the automotive world after Volvo Cars audio experts joined forces with their counterparts at the renowned British audio equipment company Bowers & Wilkins.
The top-of-the-line system in the all-new Volvo XC90 features a 1,400 Watt Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers. It also includes one of the first air-ventilated subwoofers in a car. Integrated into the car body, it turns the whole interior space into a giant subwoofer.
The all-new Volvo XC90’s large bonnet with its new topography, the beltline and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the tattoo-like new rear lights are important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range.
To add more visual muscle from the sides, the all-new Volvo XC90 comes with a range of wheel sizes up to 22 inches.
The all-new Volvo XC90 is firm evidence of the company’s ‘Volvo-by-Volvo strategy’. Its outstanding combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and safety will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original Volvo XC90 achieved in 2002. Volvo-by-Volvo means that the Swedish company is fully independent – all R&D is done entirely for Volvo, by Volvo – with no external financial support.
The car offers the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry. It includes two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability.
It is the first car in the world with technology that features automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car. This is a common scenario at busy city crossings as well as on highways, where the speed limits are higher.
Three focus areas will help Volvo Cars to reach Vision 2020: safety, connectivity and autonomous drive.