The all-new Volvo XC90 sport utility unveiled
Stockholm, Sweden: It’s been 12 years since the popular Volvo XC90 sport utility debuted, and with only minor facelifting along the way, one could say the second-generation vehicle was long overdue.
On August 26, the 2016 XC90 was revealed near Stockholm to global media, marking not only the launch of an all-new, three-row SUV, but an overall brand renewal, complete with restyled company logo.
The 2016 XC90 won’t be appearing in showrooms until late April 2015, but Volvo will begin sales efforts online, starting September 3 at 10 a.m. EST. A limited run of 1,927 individually numbered vehicles will be available via internet only at www.volvocars.com.
“Those who want to be among the first ones to own the best SUV in the world have to act fast. The huge interest in the all-new XC90 indicates that the First Edition will sell out quickly,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group.
There will be several trim levels and two powertrains coming to Canada, but the First Edition will combine the T6 engine with XC90’s full list of features.
Although labelled “T6” the engine is actually a 2.0 litre four cylinder, amped up by a turbocharger as well as a supercharger to eliminate turbo lag at low rpms. It will deliver 316 hp and a maximum 295 lb/ft of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
MSRP will be $81,500 for the First Edition. By comparison, a T6 AWD base model will begin at $60,700.
The First Edition will be equipped with a five-mode electronically controlled air suspension, eight-spoke, 21-inch alloy wheels and an Onyx Black exterior.
The interior will get nappa leather seats (heated and cooled in front, and heated in the second row), leather dashboard and linear walnut inlays.
The centre stack features a tablet-like touch screen, which eliminates most buttons. It controls the majority of the car’s functions, also giving access to a wide range of Internet-based services.