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New XC90 to be ‘world’s first no-compromise SUV’

As part of the build-up to the new model, Volvo has also revealed images of the front end featuring T-shaped running lights, dubbed “Thor’s Hammer” by the design team.

As previously revealed, the new XC90 – which will be launched in two weeks’ time in Stockholm – will be the first car in its range to be built on the inhouse-developed SPA technology which, says the carmaker, will bring benefits in terms of vehicle exterior design and interior space and improved driveability, world-first safety features and the latest connected car technologies.

It will also enable a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale.

‘SPA and the XC90 are firm evidence of our Volvo-by-Volvo strategy. The XC90’s outstanding combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and safety will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original XC90 did in 2002,’ said Dr Peter Mertens, senior vice president, research and development of Volvo Car Group.

He added: ‘SPA gives us a fresh technological start. Around 90% of the components in the all-new XC90 and upcoming models are new and unique. We are raising the bar to the very top of the premium league when it comes to quality and technology level in every vital area.’

The new SPA chassis technology reduces weight and improves weight distribution, improving driving pleasure without compromising on ride comfort.

SPA also allows for far more flexibility inside the car, freeing up interior space for passengers in the second and third rows.

The sliding function on all seats in the second row can be used to create more legroom for passengers in the third row – or to increase loading capacity. The seats in the third row offer class-leading comfort for passengers up to 170 cm tall.

The new XC90 also introduces the new range of Drive-E engines based on 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel and petrol units with several levels of turbocharging.

The top-of-the-range XC90 “Twin Engine” combines a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and offers around 400bhp with 60g/km. Volvo also says it opens up electric model possibilities without intruding on interior space or load space. 

The carmaker adds that the new platform brings improved safety thanks to the extensive use of high-strength boron steel. It also facilitates the introduction of new accident-preventing safety solutions – and enables rapid introduction of new multimedia and connectivity options.

‘SPA has enabled us to create the world’s first no-compromise SUV,’ said Dr Mertens. ‘You get the agility of a much smaller and lower car, an in-command feel and generous interior space, plus an adrenaline rush delivered by powertrains that offer an unrivalled combination of power and low emissions. Of course, it carries the Volvo badge, meaning world-class safety is standard.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.