Volvo’s new flagship SUV, the second-generation XC90, is coming soon to India. The Swedish auto maker is mulling a preview of the new XC90 to its Indian audience in May 2015. Following that, it will go on sale in the country around September 2015.
For the Indian market, Volvo is expected to offer the new XC90 in two trims- Momentum and Inscription; the latter being the top-end variant. Initially, Volvo will offer both the variants with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. This engine develops 228PS of peak power along with 470Nm of torque on offer. Power transmission duties will be carried out by a 8-speed automatic transmission. At a later stage, the diesel variants may be joined by a petrol version in shape of the T8 plug-in hybrid.
With the XC90, Volvo is aiming to take the fight against more established luxury car makers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes in India. In view of that, Volvo has loaded the new XC90 with maximum number of features and equipment. To name a few, the XC90 will come with panoramic sunroof, electrically operated tailgate, electrically adjustable driver seat with memory function, powered foldable third-row backrests, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlamps, Park Assist, Hill Descent Control, and a 12.3 – inch screen that replaces the instrument cluster.
Customers looking for even more features and exclusivity can opt for the top-end variant which will include a high-end Bowers & Wilkins 19-speaker system, air-suspension, head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats and Nappa leather interior with wooden trim.
The new XC90 has already been a global hit for Volvo since its launch in August 2014. The company has received in excess of 24,000 pre-orders for their latest luxo-barge in major international markets. Volvo bets on the new XC90 so high that it believes half of its annual global sales will be driven by this flagship model. Given its popularity and the tech and features it packs, we expect a similar kind of response for the new XC90 in India as well.
That said, life for the new Volvo won’t be that easy considering the fact that it will have to go against some of the established players like the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class in our market.
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