Volvo Cars has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90 large SUV, the company’s flagship model, adding a newly developed fuel-saving engine option that marks the next step in the company’s electrification strategy.
The refreshed XC90 for the first time offers customers Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy-recovery braking system, which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new ‘B’ badge.
According to Volvo, this new electrified powertrain offers drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving.
The new brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy-recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.
The introduction of the new XC90 ‘B’-badged cars represents a major step for Volvo Cars towards its electrification ambitions.
The new ‘B’-badged cars complement Volvo’s existing T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electrified option on the new XC90.
On the outside, the refreshed XC90 offers upgrades to the original exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a modern new grille, among other details.
Based on Volvo’s own, in-house-developed platform, powertrain and safety technology, the 2015 XC90 introduced the new face of the Volvo brand, characterised by the Thor’s Hammer headlights, while introducing its new Scalable Product Architecture.
Technologies and innovations that were launched on Volvo’s other 90 and 60 series models between 2015 and 2019 have also found their way into the XC90 over the intervening years.
As a result, Volvo’s top-of-the-line SUV has become more advanced since its introduction, clocking up more than 320,000 units sold worldwide.
In terms of active safety technology, the XC90 now offers drivers help with steering on both the City Safety and the Blind Spot Information System. City Safety with Autobrake is still the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
The Oncoming Lane Mitigation system first introduced on the XC60 is now also available on the XC90, while the Cross Traffic Alert technology now also offers autobrake.
While the XC90 was the first Volvo to offer Apple CarPlay integration, it is now also compatible with Android Auto. The Sensus infotainment system has gone through multiple updates in recent years, all of which have been adopted into the XC90. Where available, the Spotify music streaming service is integrated in the XC90.
The model-year 2020 version of the XC90 will go into production in May at the Torslanda plant in Sweden. It will be available to order in the UK in mid-March, with first customer deliveries expected in late Q2 2019. Full pricing details will be announced shortly.