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XC90 marks new era as Volvo looks to future

11:09 15 September 2014

Volvo has unveiled its all-new,  premium quality seven-seat Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle.

Volvo has unveiled its all-new, premium quality seven-seat Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle.

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Volvo has revealed its all-new XC90 premium sport utility vehicle which will relaunch the Swedish brand. Motoring editor Andy Russell previews the highly-anticipated new model.

Volvo has unveiled its all-new XC90 – a premium seven-seat sport utility vehicle boasting world-leading safety features, new powertrain technologies and a combination of power and fuel efficiency.

The XC90 marks a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and using its new scalable product architecture technology.

Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car Group, said: “We are not just launching a car, but relaunching our brand. This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years.”

The £45,000 D5 AWD Momentum will be available to order at Volvo dealerships next month with customer deliveries starting in May.

It debuts the face of Volvo’s next generation of cars with a prominent iron mark logo and T-shaped ‘Thor’s Hammer’ daytime running lights.

The larger bonnet, beltline and sharpened shoulders connecting with distinctive new rear lights are other important design signatures to be mirrored across the range. To add visual muscle, the XC90 gets a range of wheel sizes up to 22 inches.

The XC90 is firm evidence of the Volvo-by-Volvo strategy with its combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and safety set to bring the SUV segment into a new dimension – just as the original XC90 dod in 2002.

The XC90 offers a range of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains. The range-topping XC90 Twin Engine combines a 2.0-litre, supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor for around 400hp and 60g/km CO2.

Volvo says its XC90 offers the most comprehensive and technologically-sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry. It includes two world-first safety technologies:

In the event of running off the road, the front safety belts are tightened and the seat cushions the vertical forces from a hard landing to help prevent spine injuries.

Automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car.

City Safety becomes the umbrella name for all Volvo’s auto brake functions – standard in XC90 – covering vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car, day and night.

Three focus areas will help Volvo to reach Vision 2020 – its aim of nobody being killed or seriously injured either inside or by a new Volvo by 2020 – safety, connectivity and autonomous drive.

The XC90’s interior is Volvo’s most luxurious ever with a tablet-like touchscreen control console – the heart of an all-new in-car control system. Virtually button-free, it is a new way for drivers to control their car and access internet-based products and services.

Craftsmanship has been in sharp focus during development with soft leather, wood and handcrafted details including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

The genuine seven-seater features new, innovative seats that free up space for passengers in the second and third rows. The third row offers class-leading comfort for two passengers up to 170cm tall.

The XC90 has two major exterior styling themes – the urban luxury package offers colour co-ordinated body kit with polished stainless steel details while the rugged luxury kit enhances the ruggedness with tech matte black exterior trim, stainless steel skid plates, running boards with illumination and integrated exhaust pipes.

For more information about the new XC90 and other cars in the Volvo range contact Donalds Volvo in West End Road, Ipswich. Telephone 01473 252484 or log on to www.volvocarsipswich.co.uk

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