Volvo India, one of the most admired luxury car brands in the country has rolled out its high end SUV model in the country. It is the facelifted Volvo XC 90 , which is already available in several global automobile markets. The manufacturer initially planned to launch this model in the month of September, but considering the demand, it has introduced this second generation version. This refurbished model was unveiled last year and grabbed the attention of created excitement among auto enthusiasts. Although, its first generation was released a decade ago, its has not been able to attract the auto lovers. Now to make it a desirable SUV, the Swedish automobile firm has updated this model, which looks extremely stylish from inside and out. In India, this vehicle is being launched in two trims namely 'Inscription' and 'Momentum', which are equipped with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine. Its transmission duties are handled by an eight speed Geartronic automatic gearbox. On the other hand, market sources believe that its petrol version will be launched later next year followed by a hybrid version. This refurbished version looks stunning, especially from its outsides. The manufacturer has made significant changes to its exteriors, although its body structure remains to be same. We can see major refinement has been made to its headlight cluster, which are now equipped with LED headlamps. At the same time, its radiator grille gets a new design philosophy with chrome plated plated strips and surround. The manufacturer has also tweaked the design of the logo, which emphasizes its brand new appeal.
Both the front and rear bumpers along with the taillight cluster also gets re-treatment that renders it a sporty look. Coming to the insides, its gets an mesmerizing interior design with dual tone color scheme. At the same time, we can see a lot of wood inserts along with metallic and chrome accents that highlights its regal stance. The steering wheel too gets a dual tone color scheme and is housed with multi-functional switches. Its cockpit has a massive dashboard, whose central console gets a large touchscreen color display featuring all the touch controls of this SUV. This model series gets several advanced features including adaptive cruise control system, blind-spot information, lane assist program, forward collision warning and many other such aspects. This SUV is also blessed with a technologically advanced music system designed by Gothenburg Konserthuset. It made use of almost 800 individual measurements to bring in an excellent sound quality like no other. In terms of safety, this SUV is gets the world's most innovative protective aspects, which only makes it the most safest SUVs in the market. Another important aspect is that the vehicle gets the company's 'scalable product architecture', a design platform, which is going to be used for upcoming models of the manufacturer.
Like mentioned above, this SUV has undergone major cosmetic overhaul, especially in terms of its exteriors. Its front profile features a stylish bonnet, whose design is quite refreshing compared to other models. The windscreen is pretty large and integrated with a couple of rain sensing wipers. The main attraction would certainly be the large radiator grille, which comes with vertical slats. This is treated with a lot of chrome and at the center of this grille, the company's insignia is also neatly embossed. Surrounding this grille is a trendy looking headlight cluster, which is further equipped with LED headlamps and day time running lights. Another noticeable aspect is that the bumper getting a new design and is painted in body color. A wide air dam is integrated to it along with a couple of air ducts. The sleek and thick chrome slats on these air ducts further gives an appealing look to its frontage. Its side profile looks simply great with neatly carved wheel arches that are fitted with a set of modish alloy wheels. The black colored B-pillars and chrome window sill look quite remarkable, whereas the door handles and outside mirrors are painted in body color. In addition, the door mirrors are further integrated with side turn indicators. On the other hand, its rear end too comes with some interesting aspects that are easily noticeable. It features a bright and well designed tail light cluster equipped with turn indicators and an expressive boot lid on which, it has the firm's logo with chrome finish. The sporty spoiler gives a trendy appeal, while the windscreen includes defogger and a wiper as well. Besides these, it has a pair of fog lamps as well as two chrome exhaust pipes, which altogether gives this SUV a striking look.
This newly launched sports utility vehicle is designed on the basis of SPA (Scalable Platform Architecture) platform. In terms of dimensions, it comes with a total length of 4950mm, along with a height of 1776mm. Its overall width is of 1923mm, whereas its wheelbase measures about 2984mm. Meanwhile, its front and rear track comes to around 1665mm and 1667mm respectively.
The company has always offered its vehicles with beautifully designed interiors that gives a pleasant yet luxurious feel to its passengers. Even this SUV, gets such a plush internal section owing to its refined cosmetics and updated features. It has an eye-soothing dual tone color scheme, which might be further accompanied by chrome inserts on several aspects. Its smooth dashboard includes some equipments like a heated steering wheel mounted with various switches, high volume glove box, stylish center console as well as an advanced audio unit. The ergonomically designed seats incorporated in this vehicle provides additional comfort along with good support to the occupants. These seats are covered with fine quality leather upholstery that renders a premium appeal to the cabin. Both the front seats have electrical adjustment facility along with power adjustable side support. While the third row seats can be folded to further increase the boot volume. In addition to these, its front and rear seats have heated function that further adds to the convenience. The center armrest in the second row seats might also include two cup holders, whereas the front seat back pockets are useful to store magazines, newspapers and other small items at hand. Besides all these, the cabin is also anticipated to include ticket holder, door trim pockets, 12V power outlet, assist grips, shopping bag holder, and a few other such utility based features that will add to the comfort quotient.
The cabin is fully incorporated with multiple features that offer great amount of convenience to all the occupants. There are seven individual seats which are cushioned and also are accompanied by safety functions to them as well. There are many automated functions provided for the driver and passengers too. There is an adaptive cruise control system and there is intellisafe surround, lane keeping aid and cross traffic alert system that offer great assistance to the driver. The inner and outer rear view mirrors have auto dimming function. There is a glove compartment which is air conditioned, the front center armrest has storage space within it. Additionally, the front doors have bins which are handy and can accommodate quite an amount of stuff along with rear center arm rest that have cup holders to it and second seat row has storage pockets too. The steering wheel, front and rear seats and the windscreen have been offered with a heating function. Along with it, the windscreen has a heat reducing facility too to it. There is a panoramic roof in order to provide the occupants with a wonderful view from the comfort of the very cabin itself. The rear windows are dark tinted which help in keeping the cabin temperature cool. The air conditioning unit has a remote control, cabin filter for regulation, rear vents which are well placed and also can be adjustable. There is a four zone climate system that is accompanied with an interior air quality system and a clean zone interior package as well. The front passengers are blessed with ventilation and massage functions that are associated with the front seats. These seats can be electrically adjusted and also have memory functions to them.
It comes with a spacious cabin that can take in seven people with ease. It offer front head room of 1051mm, which is 997mm in the rear. The front and rear shoulder space measures around 1465mm and 1435mm respectively. As far as its leg room is concerned, it be somewhere around 1038mm in the front and 940mm in the rear. Besides these, it is expected to have a spacious boot compartment of approximately 1868 litres with the rear seat folded. This vehicle might also come incorporated with a large fuel tank that is capable of holding around 71 litres of diesel in it.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The manufacturer has mated this power plant with an eight speed automatic transmission gearbox that delivers torque output to all four wheels. It can help the vehicle to break the 100 Kmph mark in mere 7.8 seconds. On the other hand, it can reach a top speed of 220 Kmph.
Engine and Performance
This newly launched luxury SUV is launched in two trims with a diesel mill as standard under the hood. It is a 2.0-litre mill that is based on a DOHC valve configuration featuring 4-cylinders and 16-valves. This power plant, like any other diesel engine, is integrated with a common rail direct fuel injection technology for better fuel efficiency and performance. It can unleash a maximum power of 225bhp at 4250rpm along with a pounding torque of 470Nm between 1750 and 2500rpm. Its transmission duties are handled by an advanced Geartronic automatic 8-speed gearbox that distributes the punchy torque output to all four wheels. Like mentioned above, market sources believe that the company may launch its petrol variant in the country's market in 2016 along with a hybrid trim. However, it is too early to say anything in this regard.
This vehicle is launched with a 2.0-litre diesel motor as standard under the hood. The manufacturer claims that the vehicle is capable of delivering a maximum mileage of approximately 17.24 Kmpl (under standard driving condition).
Power of Volvo XC90
Like mentioned above, this vehicle is fitted with a 1969cc diesel motor that comprises of 4-cylinders. This mill is capable of producing a maximum power of 225bhp along with a maximum torque of 470Nm, which is rather impressive.
Stereo & Accessories
Currently, this high end luxury SUV is being offered in two variants like 'Inscription' and 'Momentum' for the buyers to choose from. Its entry level trim gets a high performance audio system, while the top end variant is blessed with a premium sound audio designed by Bowers and Wilkins. This system has 19 loudspeakers with 1400 watt output capacity, which explains about its sound quality. Apart from these, all the other features in both the trims are same. Those includes multi-functional steering wheel, AUX-In, USB and a CD player and central console storage compartment. It also has a high resolution touchscreen that supports navigation along with various video files.
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Braking & Handling
Like any other high end SUV, this vehicle gets a highly reliable braking mechanism featuring disc brakes on all four wheels. They are loaded with superior grade brake calipers for efficient performance in all road and whether conditions. At the same time, the manufacturer has also installed an automatic braking system that is helpful to reduce the risk of injury after collision. In terms of suspension, it is blessed with an air suspension system featuring a Four-C electronically controlled damping system. Unlike the traditional springs, it has separate air chambers, which are controlled by a computerized compressor. This helps it to deliver superior drive comfort to the occupants like no other SUV. Additionally, we can also expect for ABS along with EBD and a few traction control programs as standard features.
Safety & Security
The vehicle gets the world's best safety and security systems that ensures protection to the vehicle and its occupants as well. There is an alarm system that has a functionality of automatically turning on when the user locks the car. And this alarm system is connected to all the doors, tailgate and the bonnet too. The remote control system will get active when any tampering occurs and this will avoid all kinds of unauthorized access to the vehicle. The central locking system can be accessed with a touch of a button and additionally has the facility to pre-set functions like which door should be opened first when unlocked. The keyless entry also is facilitated with an option to start the engine too while the hands are still in the pocket. This is a sure fancy feature in this much equipped car. The global locking and closing feature is what allows you to get what you want within few seconds of time. Pressing the lock button on the remote control for four seconds and unlock button for two seconds will lock or unlock all the windows respectively.
The immobilizer that is integrated in this series will freeze the engine when it detects any unauthorized entry and hence disables any possibility of theft of the vehicle. In the dark hours of the day, when we approach the car, it welcomes us with a path of light and will offer the same hospitality while even leaving the vehicle so that we wont trip down over anything. The wheel bolts are lockable and therefore cannot be removed or stolen unless a socket, which bears a unique code will be used to access them. The ground lighting is which is will enable the occupants of the car to watch the area where they are stepping before entering into the car. The door handles too have an illumination which will not only look good but also have a convenience of locating the car or the door accurately without any fuss.
In case of a major collision, the anti-submarine protection system with which the seats are designed with will avoid the occupants to slide out of the seat belts and this is a sure protective feature on which the uses can safely rely upon. When it comes to the inside of the car, there is whiplash protection system that is incorporated into this car which is an advanced mechanism to protect the front passengers especially. This function will make sure that the neck will be supported in case of any crash and hence will avoid neck breaks . Further this system will also avoid any severe injuries as the entire seat back will be moved back along with the occupant in it to avoid hitting to the steering wheel or the dashboard. There is a first aid kit that is made available in the compartment, which contains a variety of bandages. These are placed in different places of the cabin in such a way that they can be accessed easily in case of any emergency. All the doors are equipped with energy absorbing materials which will reduce the collision impact to a great extent and therefore keep most of the injuries at bay. The brake pedal release function will not let the right leg get affected in case of any front collision by releasing the pedal. This sensor will also release the air-bags and the belt pre-tensioners if this system senses any impact.
This stunning vehicle from the Swedish automaker gets 19-inch 10-spoke turbine silver alloy wheels. However, its high end variant gets 20-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, which have silver finish.
1. Innovative safety aspects are its biggest advantage.
2. On and off road performance is quite good.
3. External appearance is quite captivating.
4. Advanced comfort aspects are another plus point.
5. Mesmerizing interior design with lavish seating arrangement.
1. After sales service can be improved.
2. Fuel economy is still on lower side.
3. Rear cabin seating space can be made better.
4. Its price tag is quite expensive.
5. Lack of executive seating arrangement is a disadvantage.
Volvo XC90 price
|D5 Momentum |
|70.97 Lakh ||80.8 Lakh ||76.92 Lakh ||76.33 Lakh ||70.71 Lakh ||67.0 Lakh ||72.96 Lakh
|D5 Inscription |
|82.9 Lakh ||92.49 Lakh ||88.06 Lakh ||94.24 Lakh ||84.23 Lakh ||81.4 Lakh ||82.73 Lakh
|T8 Excellence |
|1.25 Cr ||1.32 Cr ||1.31 Cr ||1.31 Cr ||1.26 Cr ||1.31 Cr ||1.28 Cr