NEW FOR 2015:
After more than a decade on the market with little more than running changes, Volvo’s top-line crossover finally gets a comprehensive redesign into its second generation. Availability is limited for the 2015 model year, as this truck officially goes into volume production as a 2016 model, but the tech specs are the same either way. XC90 starts as the T6, with a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine making 320 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and those seeking more oomph can look to the T8 plug-in hybrid model, which pairs the same gas engine with an electric motor for a total output of roughly 400 hp. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes with either powertrain, and AWD is standard all around.
The new XC90 also debuts Volvo’s new trim level naming convention: at T6 level, the XC90 is offered in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trims, while T8 models can be had in R-Design and Inscription trims.
Standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights, pedestrian and cyclist detection, safe approach and home lighting, keyless drive with personal car communicator, security system, rear park assist and backup camera, lane departure warning, driver alert control, road sign information, road-edge and barrier detection with auto-steer, headlight washers, heated side mirrors with memory and integrated turn signals, sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, silver roof rails, LED fog and cornering lights, front and rear metal tread plates, 12 cupholders, three 12-volt power outlets, leather-trimmed shifter and steering wheel, second-row B-pillar ventilation, cruise control, four-zone climate control, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat, heated front seats, lighted front vanity mirrors, eight-way power front seats with lumbar and driver memory, power windows with front auto up/down, reading lights, tinted rear windows, trip computer, watch dial instrumentation, selectable drive mode settings, semi-auto load cover, under-floor cargo divider, 10-speaker 224-watt stereo with auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth with streaming audio, navigation, Volvo Sensus with 9.3-inch screen, satellite radio, Volvo OnCall with hot spot and Internet maps, leather seats, and 12.3-inch full graphical instrument cluster.
R-Design trim adds active dual Xenon headlights, R-Design-specific interior and exterior trim pieces, bright roof rails, quick-fold front passenger seat, power front seat cushion extender, black headliner, shift paddles, and nubuck leather seats.
Inscription trim brings a leather remote key fob, front seats with power side bolsters, exterior brightwork on grille, door mouldings, rear fascia and side mirrors, illuminated tread plates, linear wood inlays, piano black interior accents, “inscription” floor mats and cargo area carpeting, ventilated front seats, leather dash and upper door panels, rear side manual sun curtains, “inscription” start-up sequence, and Nappa leather seats.
T8 R-Design models build on the T6 R-Design trim, and add a sport exhaust tip, and silver scuffplate.
In Inscription trim, the T8 brings a crystal gearshift knob.