Volvo launched the XC90 not too long ago — now they have taken their flagship top-of-the-range model and made it even better.
Millions of people around the world have had a love affair with Volvo for decades now. The brand is known for making some of the safest cars on the road, coupled with comfortability and reliability. So, it’s not difficult to see why they are so loved — especially when they keep pushing boundaries, both aesthetically and in terms of innovation.
On the outside, the refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original award-winning exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a modern new grille, among other details. You can still expect to see old favourites like Thor’s Hammer headlights.
On the inside, the superlative and award-winning interior design remains in place, but perhaps the most noticeable addition is the fact that it can be ordered with a range of different seating configurations. From the four-seat excellence variant and the seven-seat family SUV to the brand new six-seat configuration, the XC90 is available with any number of seats that best fits your needs and lifestyle. New interior materials include a wool blend, with further options for personalisation.
Music to your Ears
While the XC90 was the first Volvo to offer Apple Carplay integration, it is now also compatible with Android Auto. The Sensus infotainment system has gone through multiple updates in recent years, all of which have been adopted in the XC90. Where available, the Spotify music streaming service is integrated into the XC90.
For the first time, the refreshed XC90 offers customers Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new ‘B’ badge. This new electrified powertrain offers drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving.
The introduction of the new XC90 ‘B’ badge cars represents a major step towards Volvo’s electrification ambitions. The cars complement Volvo’s existing T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electrified option on the new XC90. Going green is looking pretty awesome.
Safety First, As Always
In terms of active safety technology, the XC90 now offers drivers help with steering on both the City Safety and the Blind Spot Information System. City Safety with Autobrake is still the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. The Oncoming Lane Mitigation system first introduced on the XC60 is now also available on XC90, while the Cross Traffic Alert technology now also offers autobrake. All this, together with the safety cage that forms the core of the passive safety technology, makes the XC90 one of the safest cars on the road and underlines Volvo’s unwavering commitment to developing the safest cars possible.
The Wait is Over (Almost)
You won’t have to wait too long to experience the new XC90 first hand. It will be available for the South African market in the third quarter of the year. Head on over to their website for pricing and availability.