Rabu, 05 Februari 2014

Spied: 2015/2016 Volvo XC90

When the first-generation debuted it Volvo XC90 snagged our 2003 Motor Trend SUV of the Year award. Now after more than a decade on sale, Volvo is finally close to releasing the second generation of its three-row crossover. Our spy photographer has spotted a camouflaged Volvo XC90 prototype cold weather testing.

While few details have been released about the redesigned XC90, we know the three-row crossover will debut the automaker’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that will underpin many other Volvo models including the next S60 sedan. Features of the SPA include the increase of high-strength steel from seven percent to 40 percent as well as a new electrical architecture consisting of four “domain masters” (vehicle dynamics, safety, car body, infotainment), which connects each of the subsystems with a single nerve system.  
 
We expect the new XC90 to be powered by Volvo’s new line of E-Drive engines consisting of gas and diesel 2.0-liter I-4 engines for front-drive models. Initially, all-wheel-drive models will get carryover I-5 and I-6 engines, but will be replaced by the E-Drive engines. In the U.S., the XC90 will likely get the T5 (240 hp, 258 lb-ft) and T6 (302 hp, 295 lb-ft) E-Drive gas variants. No word on whether Volvo plans to bring a diesel variant to the U.S.
 
Thanks to: Motor Trend

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