Volvo has taken a lot completely revamp its XC90 but, as you can imagine, everything has an explanation: modular platform. In the market since 2002, XC90 born as a model very well thought out and ahead of his time, that stood out to combine an interior with seating for seven occupants with the skills of an SUV all-wheel drive, a more or less attractive luxurious interior, aesthetics and more competitive than their rivals premium price. Following the logic, renewal should have occurred in 2009 or 2010 at the latest, however Volvo was immersed in a major structural change which he has led him little more than four years and forced to spend about 11,000 million dollars to make something as important today as modular manufacturing.
In volvo It is called SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) and the XC90 It has the honor of being the first model of the Swedish brand in premiere. From there it will be implemented in other newly created models. The benefits of this type of manufacturing (that called VW MQB) affect the possibility of combining various elements, such that the XC90 can now take advantage of different configurations hitherto unthinkable, as different body or chassis configurations and interior and mechanical wider range or traction systems, among others.
But let's focus on the model itself, which looks as interesting as we had been told. It comes with lighter rigid chassis and, presuming to have 90 percent of its completely new components. maintains its ability to seven occupants, a second row consists of three individual seats longitudinal adjustment to configure the interior space depending on the needs. The third row of seats and remains retractable once stored, leaves background completely flat luggage compartment, with the difference that now allows can sit on it adults up to 1.70 m high comfort. Volvo itself claims to have designed the most luxurious interior that is mounted on a Volvo. uses materials "nobles" and as you can see in the pictures, looks elegantly design.
In the center console buttons have been removed, they have been replaced by a type touch screen tablet from which you can configure and manage virtually all functions of the vehicle, complete connection with Android or Apple devices. The seats have been designed from scratch and come up with standard lateral adjustment and optional heated and ventilated. The third row now has its own air conditioning control which, incidentally, adds a new air purification system, based on a filtering capability of pollen particles or contaminants much more powerful and efficient. All this adds Volvo in its XC90 all its technology applied to security active and passive, with the latest evolution of the systems we already know, thanks to a new electronic management much faster and more compact than before.
And your engines?
The new XC90 uses new Volvo engine family, much more powerful and efficient, which bases its entire architecture in a same four cylinder engine and two liters of gasoline and Diesel but with different supercharging systems to play with for a wide range of powers. In gasoline we have a T5, equipped with turbo, 245 horses, a T6, with compressor and turbo, 320 hp and the T8, the jewel in Volvo. It's about a hybrid plug announcing a combined power 400 horses and 65.3 mkg torque with average emissions 60 g / km. It uses the base of T6, which drives the front wheels, which adds an electric motor of 80 hp at the rear. It has a fully electric range of 40 km. The new architecture frame combines the electrical part without detracting trunk space inside. Diesel initially presents the D4 and D5, the first with a single turbo, 190 hp and an average consumption of 5 l / 100 km and second twin turbo, 225 horses and an official average expenditure 6 l / 100 km.