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Volvo Cars unveils refreshed XC90

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.

The New Vol­vo XC90 Inscrip­tion T8 Twin Engine in Birch Light Metal­lic

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.

The New Vol­vo XC90 R‑Design T8 Twin Engine in Thun­der Grey

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.

Lux­u­ri­ous inte­ri­or

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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