Volvo unveiled its second generation XC90 in August last year. It is their first vehicle to follow their new design language and is preview of what future Volvo’s[FV1] will look like. The company’s Indian arm had announced that they would begin bookings in May and launch the car in September but has now decided to speed up the launch due to customer demand. However, it will continue the rest of the plan on schedule and make the deliveries in September.
The new XC90 has been designed along the company’s new design philosophy which was first previewed in the Volvo Coupe Concept. The front gets a prominent chrome grille which holds the company’s logo, flanked by the ‘Thor’s hammer’ headlamps [FV2] on both sides. The car’s strong shoulder line moulds into the car’s long sculpted bonnet, giving the car an aggressive stance. At the rear, Volvo is one of the few companies to continue the vertically stacked lamps design while the hatch door itself had aerodynamic creases running under the number plate slot.
The interior gets a clean, clutter-free design for the dashboard with the centre console being dominated by a large touch-screen armed with the latest infotainment software. This panel will control a majority of the functions in the car. For the comfort of the passengers, Volvo has added a new four-zone climate system with clean zone air purification system which offers individual settings for the first and the second row.
Engine and gearbox
The Volvo XC90 will be offered in two diesel engines in two variants D5 Momentum and D5 Inscription. Both variants are powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-litre mill that produces 22bhp and 470Nm of torque. The only gearbox option is an eight-speed AT and an AWD system. Volvo has also hinted that next year it may bring the T8 hybrid petrol version if there is sufficient demand.
Price and competition
The Volvo XC90 will be priced in the range of Rs 56 lakh to 72 lakh where it will compete with the Audi Q5 and the Range Rover Evoque. The company aims to sell four-hundred units by the end of the financial year.