Following a massive number of sneaky photos and information, the 2015 Volvo XC90 has been revealed. With the first generation XC90 being one of the original and oldest luxury SUV’s on the market, the second generation has its sights firmly set on the BMW X5.
On the outside there’s two sides to the story. Up front the nose looks just as good as a concept car for the road can look with its T-shaped DRL lights, and grille that nods to previous Volvo cars but looks to cement itself in the future.
At the back, the rear is very Volvo XC90 like offering subtle updates to the tail lights we’ve come to know over the years. Connect the SUV to the road are a new set of alloy wheel options that go all the way up to 22inches.
Overall it’s one hell of a mean looking SUV and it’s our leading pick of luxury SUV’s to own in 2015, rivalled in looks by the Porsche Cayenne.
Stepping on the inside, the interior is our pick of the luxury SUV market bunch. There’s plenty of leather, metals and wood pieces that polishes off a next level driving and passenger experience. We hope that this doesn’t mean a significant jump in the asking price.
Volvo is building the second generation XC90 on the new Scalable Product Architecture platform that allows better driveability, more interior space and lots of extra technology and new safety features.
Those new safety features mentioned include those designed to mitigate accidents that occur in intersections as well as for those single vehicle accidents that involve a car running off the road. Some of those aspects include better design choices to increase distance from the passenger and the vehicle frame, plus automatic tightening of the seat belts to hold passengers exactly in their place.
If having a good sound system is important to you (it certainly is important to us!), Volvo has made sure that you’ll be able to get from A to B in pure bliss. Available will be the British Bowers & Wilkins system with a 1400watt amplifier and 19 speakers.
Oh, and the subwoofer is actually incorporated into the car body itself to make bass like never before.
Volvo explains that these features will be standard across the XC90 range.
If you’re wondering what Volvo will use to power the XC90, the headline powertrain will be a top of the range AWD model that’s a plug-in hybrid called the T8 ‘Twin Engine’. With a combined 300kW/640Nm the petrol-electric combo should pack a punch.
Based on a similar idea as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid will allow pure electric driving when you’re wanting to save fuel or enjoy a relaxing silent ride into work.
The 2015 Volvo XC90 is the SUV we’re looking forward to and can’t wait to see in showrooms next year.