changes include a new grille with more
9th May 2006.
Less than four years after its launch,
the 2007 Volvo XC90
gets rejuvenated with an enhanced design, a new
six-cylinder in-line engine, and new, advanced safety
systems to strengthen its position in the premium
is an important model for Volvo. Its original production
volume of 50,000 units was successively increased and in
2005, production of the XC90 in the Swedish Torslanda
factory approached 90,000 units. The new, enhanced Volvo
XC90 starts production this spring.
The USA will continue to be the model’s
largest single market, accounting for 50 percent of total
volume, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada
The range of powertrains has been
gradually enhanced over the past year with the
introduction of three new engines.
tail lamps, recessed bumper reflectors
within chrome trim.
Both the compact and energy-efficient
V8 (315 hp, 440 Nm) and the upgraded five-cylinder D5
turbodiesel (185 hp, 400 Nm) with particle filter are now
followed by an in-house developed in-line 3.2 litre six
cylinder engine that was first introduced in the new Volvo
S80. It is an advanced engine – with the same
exterior dimensions and fuel consumption as a
five-cylinder unit. The engine is made mostly of
aluminium, delivering 238 hp and 320 Nm.
All the engine variants with the
exception of the five-cylinder 2.5 litre turbo get a
six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission and upgraded all-wheel
drive (AWD) featuring
Instant Traction. "With state-of-the-art six- and
eight-cylinder engines in the USA, we will appeal to a far
broader customer segment. In Europe we can offer both
diesel and petrol engines that meet increased customer
demands for a combination of performance and environmental
compatibility," says Hans Wikman, Vice President
Vehicle Line Large Cars at Volvo Car Corporation.
centre console with a new display and
The new straight six is designed to
provide alert response, performance and fuel-efficiency,
with a high level of protective safety, thanks to its
compact dimensions and transverse position in the engine
compartment. An advanced valve train and variable intake
system contribute to both good performance and fuel
efficiency. The valve train has both VCT (Variable Cam
Timing) and CPS (Cam Profile Switching) on the intake side
(you can read more about Volvo's
new 3.2-litre in-line 6-cylinder engine).
Exterior - The design changes on
the new XC90 include a new grille with more chrome, and
bumpers with a greater degree of colour coding. The tail
lamps have been redesigned and the reflectors in the
bumper are recessed within chrome trim surroundings.
All versions of the XC90 now have
colour-coded side trim mouldings and door handles. New
wheel-housing mouldings, partly painted in the car’s
body colour, are available as an option. The door mirrors
are partly colour-coded and now feature built-in turn
indicator repeaters. At the same time, a new turn
indicator function is being introduced: a quick push on
the indicator stalk flashes the turn indicator three
Volvo XC90: A more exclusive aura and new
Two new body colours, Electric Silver
metallic and the XC90-unique Shadow Blue, provide added
choice, as do the new Camulus 8 x 18 inch aluminium
wheels. These wheels are unique to the Volvo XC90. All the
aluminium wheels now feature the revised classic Volvo
emblem in the centre.
As an alternative to black roof rails,
brushed aluminium can be specified as an option.
Interior - The interior gets a
more exclusive aura, with new colour combinations and a
wider range to choose between. To give a high-quality
feel, new upholsteries are introduced. The most exclusive
alternative is the new soft-leather Sovereign Hide
upholstery with its contrasting seam stitching and panels
in perforated leather.
The centre console has been upgraded
with a new display and aluminium-effect trim. New trim
panels, with Sapeli Wood as an added version, give a wider
choice and impart an elegant touch to the interior.
Additional options come in the form of
a combined instrument with a watch-inspired design and an
interior rear-view mirror featuring an integrated compass.
to black roof rails: brushed aluminium
Upgrades - The Road and Traffic
Information (RTI) navigation system has been further
developed. The new hard-disk-based system is faster and
easier to use and provides more information than before.
The most advanced audio system, Premium
Sound, includes a digital class D amplifier from Alpine
with ICE Power technology from Bang & Olufsen
Powerhouse, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround system and
loudspeakers from Dynaudio – one of the world’s finest
in the field.
In the High Performance and Premium
Sound systems, it is now possible to play CDs with music
in MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) formats.
All the audio systems are equipped with
an extra input (AUX) for connection of external equipment.
Safety - The Volvo XC90 is a
modern crossover SUV,
built like a passenger car with a monocoque body (unitary
construction), effective deformation zones, a low centre
of gravity and advanced systems to minimise the risk of
personal injuries. It was equipped from the beginning with
several advanced systems to prevent accidents.
Light – headlight beams follow the
curvature of the road.
To enhance visibility when driving in
the dark on twisting roads, Volvo Cars is launching Active
Light – tracking headlight beams that follow the
curvature of the road (launched with the new
generation Volvo S80 sedan). A microprocessor is used
to measure and analyse a number of parameters and optimise
the light pattern to suit. The headlamps can be rotated up
to 15 degrees in either direction, a total of 30 degrees,
and can thus light up longer stretches of twisting road.
To cut down on power consumption, the system is
automatically disabled in daylight.
The Volvo XC90 is also equipped with BLIS
Spot Information System). Using cameras integrated
into the door mirrors, BLIS registers whether another
vehicle has entered the car’s offset rear blind spot. If
so, a light comes on in the relevant mirror to alert the
In order to protect anyone standing
behind the car and to aid parking, Volvo Cars is
introducing the Park
Assist Camera. This is an advanced system that not
only gives the driver an extra eye to the rear, it also
shows the planned track when reversing. A wide-angle
camera shows the area behind the car. The image is
displayed in the RTI screen above the instrument panel.
The image angle is designed to show the entire area yet
without excessive distortion. The picture also shows
help lines that mark the area where the car will end
up at the end of the reversing manoeuvre. These help
lines change with steering wheel movement to assist
the driver in steering correctly.
XC90 Executive: the most prestigious
version of the XC90.
Park Assist Camera is a
fully-integrated function in the car. It is expected to be
ready for delivery to customers in autumn 2006.
Volvo XC90 Executive - The same
changes have been made in the exclusive Executive model,
which has also been given a number of new features of its
own, being the most prestigious version of the XC90.
The XC90 Executive is identified by the
discreet emblem on the rear door pillar, chrome finish on
the door mirrors and C-pillars, and colour-coordinated
wheel arch extenders.
At the rear, the Executive model has an
oval tailpipe that encases both exhaust pipes. To further
enhance its profile, the Volvo XC90 Executive can be
fitted with 19-inch aluminium wheels.
One of the upholstery alternatives is
the classically cut Executive leather, with stitching and
edging in contrasting colours. The same grade of leather
is now also used in the third row of seats.
Walnut panel inlays are standard and
the gauges in the main instrument panel have a distinct,
watch dial-inspired design.
The specially designed, extra thick
pile carpeting adds to the cabin’s exclusive ambience.
An optional cooler can be fitted in the tunnel console. An
advanced Rear Seat Entertainment system (RSE) is also
available as an option. The system includes a DVD player,
video screens integrated in the front seat head
restraints, wireless headphones, and a remote control. An
auxiliary connector makes it possible to plug in an
additional DVD player,
video game or a video camera or other devices such as iPod.
The two screens can be used independently of each other.
On the engine
side, the Volvo XC90 Executive includes the
4.4-litre, 315hp V8 (440 Newton-metre), or Volvo’s new
3.2-litre six-cylinder in-line engine (238hp and 320 Nm),
while the diesel option comes in the latest generation D5
engine (2.4-litre, inline-five cylinders, 185hp and 400
All of the engines are compact and
transversely mounted in the engine bay to enhance both
safety and cabin roominess.
* Descriptions and data
apply to the international model range of Volvo Car
Corporation. Specifications may vary from country to