Jumat, 30 Agustus 2013

Sneak Peek: 2015 Volvo XC90

These teaser pictures give us our first glimpse of the design of the all-new Volvo XC90. The seven-seater SUV will be launched at the Paris Motor Show in September 2014, and will go on sale in the UK in early 2015, priced from just under £40,000.

The look of the new SUV is inspired by the Volvo Concept Coupe, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

These images are taken from the press briefing we attended, where Volvo’s new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, introduced the Concept, and showed how its looks will influence the brand’s new production cars.

The nose of the XC90 is dominated by Volvo’s new floating grille. It’s much bigger than the Concept, and sports an enlarged version of the trademark Volvo logo and iron mark.

Each side of the grille the XC90 will get new headlights that feature T-shaped LED daytime running lights. What’s harder to make out is the new bonnet design. This is very simple and features a broad flat surface with scalloped areas on either side, intended to show how solid the front of the car looks.
The final front-end feature shared with the Concept is the pair of upkicked strakes in the bumper.
These are inspired by the cow horn bumper of the original sixties P1800 coupe.

At the rear, the Concept has C-shaped LED tail-lights. But for the XC90, which has vertical lamp units, this has been reinterpreted to give a sort of tattoo-like effect.

Inside, Ingelnath confirmed that the XC90 will feature the iPad-sized central touchscreen in the middle of the dash. This replaces the need for many of the buttons in the cabin.

However, he added that as there are few buttons left there’s more budget to allow the ones shown in the image to be made from a posh, glossy glass finish.

Aside from the design, Volvo also confirmed that the XC90 will feature the option of its highest-power version of the firm’s new in-house powertrain.

It’s the same as the one in the Concept, so features an all-new alloy 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Its lower revs are boosted by a supercharger, while a large turbo kicks in at 2,300rpm, giving a 302bhp power output. This is boosted by an electric motor on the back axle, giving a total output of around 400bhp and 600Nm.

Volvo has also confirmed that it is working on 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engines, which will be used in the Volvo V40 later in its life. For more details click here.

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