The much awaited second-generation Volvo XC90 has been launched in India. The latest offering from the Swedish auto maker is available in two variants – Momentum and Inscription – and is priced at Rs. 64.90 lakh and Rs. 77.90 lakh, respectively. Both the prices are indicative of ex-showroom, Mumbai without Octroi.
Based around Volvo’s newly devised Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), the all-new XC90 has been developed completely from the ground up. To name a few of the highlights in the new model, it comes powered by a new-generation of all-aluminium Drive-E turbocharged engines while the design language has been completely modernized, marking a significant shift in Volvo’s design philosophy.
Aesthetics of the new XC90 are going to win it many customers for sure! Compared to the bland and conservative looks of its predecessor, the new Volvo XC90 is a striking and contemporary design. The front fascia of the new model is adorned by an ‘iron mark’ which is elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille, whist the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running LEDs impart a distinctive and confident face to the vehicle. Adding more oomph from the sides are the 19-inch (20-inch optional) alloy wheels. At the back, a new set of taillamps compliments the overall chic look of the car.
Step inside the new XC90, and you are in for an even greater treat! The interior on the new car is unlike anything seen on a Volvo before. The cabin features a new tablet-like touchscreen control console, crystal glass finished gear knob, diamond-cut start/stop and volume buttons, soft leather seats, electrically operated tailgate and power folding third row.
The Momentum variant comes with electrically adjustable front seats adjust with memory function on driver seat, panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch screen in the instrument cluster, park assist and hill descent control and driver information system as standard. The range-topping Inscription adds a 19-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system, air suspension, head-up display, ventilated front seats and Nappa leather upholstery.
Under the bonnet, the new XC90 comes powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder D5 diesel engine that produces a maximum power output of 225PS and a peak torque of 470Nm. Power is channeled to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The powertrain is capable enough to propel the seven-seater SUV to a top speed of 230km/h.
Currently, there’s no petrol powertrain on offer in the new XC90 in India. However, at a later stage, Volvo is expected to introduce a petrol T8 plug-in hybrid variant in the XC90 for our market.
Safety, as Volvo puts it, is uncompromised in the new XC90. As a result, the standard safety kit on the car includes two-step airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, automatic seat belt height adjustable for front passenger and driver and a ‘run-off road’ protection to prevent whiplash injuries in case the vehicle inadvertently goes off-road in any terrain.
Volvo has commenced taking advance bookings for the new XC90 in India. Deliveries will start from September 2015, and it will be sold as a CBU (Completely Built-up Unit) in India.
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