Volvo Car South Africa has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90.
This striking, premium quality SUV boasts world-leading safety features, efficient yet frugal powertrains and a superlative interior finish.
The latest XC90 follows in the esteemed footsteps of the all-new XC90 launched globally in 2015.
It was the first of Volvo’s cars to feature the company’s new more prominent iron mark with iconic arrow aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille.
Together with the T‑shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights, the iron mark introduced a new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo’s forthcoming generation of vehicles.
It carries the same styling through in the 2020 XC90.
But the latest SUV boasts new wheels, new exterior colours and a modern new grille.
Volvo Car South Africa Managing Director, Greg Maruszewski said refreshed XC90 comes in a brand new six-seat configuration.
“The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish lifestyle, the generous space, the celebrating light and the focus on well-being,” said Greg Maruszewski.
When the all-new XC90 debuted in 2015, it had the most luxurious interior ever designed for a Volvo.
The same applies to the latest model.
The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of the in-car control.
It is button free and is an innovative way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services.
It helps create an interior that is modern and spacious.
“The interior is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect. The simplicity is in tune with our Scandinavian design heritage. It opens up generous surfaces and gives us the opportunity to create a modern, luxurious interior architecture,” said Maruszewski.
The interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker, on the T8 Inscription and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. The superlative and award-winning interior design now includes two USB ports as the standard and a telematics unit with a P‑Sim card slot.
And ample space for passengers.
There is a flexible load compartment with up to 1 856 litres of space.
Customers can order the 2020 XC90 with a range of different seating configurations.
From the seven-seat family SUV, to the brand new six-seat configuration, the XC90.
Manufacturer has created the XC90 fit people’s preferences and lifestyles.
New interior materials including a slate grey upholstery and new décor inlays offer further options for personalisation.
Superlative sound system
The XC90 features one of the top audio systems available in the automotive world after Volvo Cars audio experts joined forces with their counterparts at the renowned British audio equipment company Bowers & Wilkins.
The top-of-the-line system in the XC90 features a 1 476-Watt Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers.
The subwoofer – a Fresh Air™ design –integrating in the car, so it uses the volume of the passenger compartment resonance chamber.
The subwoofer in the right rear wheel well and the air for the speaker element found from in the wheel well.
In practice the passengers are sitting inside a speaker enclosure.
Using this design, a speaker need not to take up so much space within the car.
According to Maruszewski, this sound system is right up there with the best in the world.
“This audio system goes beyond figures – our sound engineers have searched for audiophile perfection. Using a new approach, they developed a unique room transformation technology together with the Swedish audio software specialists Dirac Research. This technology makes it possible to recreate the acoustics of a specific room inside the car,” he said.
There are three room modes: “Studio” for an excellent, dry and precise listening experience, “Individual Stage” that allows you to control the acoustics and create your own sound using the centre display, and “Gothenburg Concert Hall” which recreates the amazing acoustic experience of this legendary concert hall.
“The result addresses to any music lover’s soul – wherever you’re seated in your XC90. The whole experience exudes quality and craftsmanship – most of the tweeter and mid-range speaker panels are in stainless steel, and the yellow speaker cones are visible through the mesh,” Maruszewski adds.
Impeccable safety credentials
The XC90 has been at the forefront of SUV safety ever since the launch of the first-generation model in 2002.
It was the first SUV in the world fitted with Roll Stability Control, which measures the car’s roll angle in extreme manoeuvres and activates the stability control system to reduce the risk of a rollover accident.
The second-generation XC90, launched in 2015, came with two world-first safety aids: Run-off Road Protection and automatic emergency braking at junctions.
Should the car leave the road, Run-off Road Protection automatically tightens the front seatbelts to keep occupants in the safest position.
To help prevent spinal injuries, a collapsible energy-absorbing section between the front seats and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can occur if the car lands on a hard surface.
The XC90 was also the first car in the world to feature automatic emergency braking that activates if the driver turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle at a junction.
Volvo’s pioneering safety technology goes beyond protecting those inside the car.
The XC60 mid-size premium SUV was the first car launched in 2008 to come with automatic emergency braking as standard, while they have fitted every new Volvo model with this life-saving technology since 2014.
The 2020 XC90 comes with an arsenal of safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-Off Road Mitigation/Protection, Driver Alert Control, Road Sign Information, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Light, Brakes with Hill Start aid and Automatic Hold, Automatic braking after a collision, Roll-Over Protection System, Roll Stability Control, reinforced passenger compartment, SIPS™ Side Impact Protection System, collapsible steering column, side and dual-stage airbags (for the driver and front passenger), inflatable curtain, WHIPS™ whiplash injury protection and City Safety with Autobrake (which recognises pedestrians, cyclists and large animals).
Unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency
The new XC90 offers a range of two-litre, four-cylinder powertrains, all of which offer an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency.
Manufacture couple these powertrains with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The turbocharged diesel engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 D5 Geartronic AWD delivers 173 kW at 4 000 r/min and 480 Nm of torque at 1 750 – 2 250 r/min. Fuel consumption – at 5,7 litres per 100 km (combined) – is frugal.
It equips the XC90 T5 AWD with a 187 kW petrol engine, which features a high-pressure turbo. It delivers 350 Nm of torque at 1 500 to 4 800 r/min. Fuel consumption is a commendable 7,6 litres per 100 km (combined).
The supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 T6 Geartronic AWD delivers 235 kW of power at 5 700 r/min and torque of 400 Nm at 2 200 – 5 400 r/min. It consumes 8,0 litres of petrol per 100 km (combined).
The range-topping Volvo XC90 T8 Geartronic AWD has a 300 kW (235 kW + 65 kW) that supercharged petrol engine and turbocharged. It works with an electric motor, delivering power of 300 kW (235 kW + 65 kW) and torque of 640 Nm (400 Nm + 240 Nm. Fuel consumption is a remarkable 2,1 litres per 100 km (combined) while emissions are a low 49 g/km.
R‑Design model up for grabs
Volvo Car South Africa is launching a new R‑Design version of its award-winning XC90. R‑Design models are the sportiest XC90s to date, featuring a range of design, dynamic and equipment upgrades to give Volvo’s SUV a sporty makeover.
The outside of the car boasts 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, black door mirrors and a gloss black mesh front grille.
Inside, leather/nubuck sports seats and a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel complete with gearshift paddles.
R‑Design XC90s get a powered front passenger seat with memory (to match the driver’s seat), sports pedals, black headlining and upgraded interior lighting.
There’s even an exclusive R‑Design leather-clad remote key fob.
R‑Design models come with Drive Mode Settings and Adjustable Steering Force as standard, too, which allow you to choose between different settings for the engine, transmission, steering and the optional air suspension.
Volvo On Call is standard
The 2020 XC90 comes standard with Volvo On Call, an innovative app-based service that helps motorists to communicate with their cars.
It facilitates a multitude of tasks: with Volvo On Call, motorists can lock or unlock the doors to their car, check the fuel level and cool or heat their car – and they can do this all via their smartphone, smartwatch, tablet or desktop.
According to Maruszewski, Volvo on Call is a key to the digital world. “One app gives Volvo drivers control over their car’s functions. It provides access to a world of convenient services,” he said.
Maruszewski explains that, with Volvo On Call, a car becomes far more than just a means of travel.
“It becomes your personal assistant. It can tell you the best coffee spots in town and send the destination to your car’s navigation . It knows when you have appointments, where they are and how to get you there,” he said.
South African motorists will appreciate the associated safety and security benefits.
“Motorists who forget to lock their car will get a notification message.
And Volvo On Call automatically contacts the emergency services if you’re involve in an accident and tells them where you are,” Maruszewski explains.
Other remarkable capabilities of Volvo On Call include the ability to offer an in-car WiFi hotspot, everyone in your car can access.
“The signal is so strong that you can even stream music and films without having to worry buffering,” said Maruszewski.
An added benefit batteries of portable devices always active, always ready for use.
Anyone who has ever lost track of their car in a huge parking lot will welcome Volvo On Call with open arms.
“The app will help locate your car on a high-definition map, and then give directions how to reach it.
You can even ask your car to hoot and flash for five seconds to find itself and guide you to its location,” said Maruszewski.
Volvo On Call is free for five years. Thereafter, you can be extend for a fee.
The model year 2020 version of the XC90 will be available on dealer showroom floors from mid-August 2019. Maruszewski says that there is considerable customer interest in the new model.
“The XC90 has won over 120 awards including the 2016 SA Car of the Year.
In its latest incarnation, it’s most the finest SUV that Volvo has ever created.
You get the generous interior space and flexible ability joint with the agility and handling of a much smaller and lower car.
Powertrain delivers adrenaline rush key to true driving pleasure that offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation. And since the XC90 carries the Volvo badge, world-class safety is standard.
It’s an unbeatable combination,” he said.
Suggested retail price list
All Volvos standard with:
- 5 year / 100 000km Warranty and Maintenance Plan (Volvo Plan).
- 5 year / unlimited mileage Roadside Help.
- DataDot application.
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