It’s not quite the full Michael Knight experience yet, but as long as you keep saying “in my Volvo” to your watch, you’ll never be alone again.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 is supposed to be the SUV that gets Volvo back in the garages of the moderately wealthy and abundantly sensible. What do you need to know before you buy an XC90? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.
As usual, traffic was apocalyptic on the 10 Freeway. So I cued up the Master of None episode I didn’t finish the night before, pulled out the Greek yogurt I hadn’t had time to eat for breakfast, reclined my seat way back, and relaxed. I may have even dozed off as my vehicle steered its way towards Santa Monica.
Rural Australian drivers don’t really have to worry about psychotic motorcyclists as much as Mad Max you lead you to believe. But they do have a scourge far more deadly; evil beasts called kangaroos. Volvo’s tech to deal with them could be a huge leap in collision-avoidance.
We’ve just managed to snag our first example of the new Volvo XC90 stateside, and already I think I’m feeling the heady vapors of that which the Swedes would call förtjusning. Well, that what Google Translate says it’s called, anyways.
Bad news for walls, telephone poles, and other solid objects — the new Volvo XC90 looks like it can crush you into oblivion.
Look at this baby. Look deep into his confused, cosseted eyes. He is not just a mere baby. He is a baby of Excellence. Or his leather-and-metal clad throne is Excellence, or something. Anyways, Volvo’s calling it the Excellence Child Seat Concept, and it’s the Swedes idea of the car seat of the future.
It’s a wire insulation issue. Seriously people, what’s up with the wiring? Just use more duct tape for crying out loud!
A properly luxurious interior does a few things. It doesn’t just have soft leather, or deep carpets. It removes all the cares of the world outside. It relaxes you, and reminds you of the beauty within. Take one look at the massaging chairs and the beautifully grained wood of the Volvo XC90 Excellence, and…
For Volvo, the 2016 XC90 is not just a new model, but also the most important step in the relaunch of their brand and a luxury SUV that has to make it big in America in order for them to succeed. Clearly, they couldn't screw this up. They didn't.
To say that the 2016 Volvo XC90 is a big deal for the Swedish brand is kind of an understatement. It's the vehicle that will usher in a new era of design, technology, safety and luxury for Volvo, all while hopefully giving their global sales a much-needed boost. In this country, that will all start at $48,900.
But don't expect it to have 450 horsepower. Still, more Polestar Volvos mean more fast Volvos for America!
What can you do when you don't like the hidden side of the storage compartment's lid in the third row of your brand new SUV, but you can't add anything to the already finished tooling because of costs? You cut more out of it, in the shape of a cute spider, for the kids!
While Volvo is not going to build a more powerful XC90 than the 416 hp T8 plug-in hybrid, the R-Design is here for those looking for at least the pretense of a sportier SUV.
If you wanted to get a new Volvo XC90 as soon as possible, you had to buy one of the 1927 First Edition cars sold through their website. Turns out you only had 47 hours to get one.
Minus the armored ones. Still, the Swedish say six years from now, nobody should get killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. Is that even possible?
Tomorrow morning, I'll be at the 2015 Volvo XC90's global reveal just outside of Stockholm. Any questions?
The Swedish want the 2015 Volvo XC90 to be one of the safest cars on the market. That's why the new car has run-off road protection, auto braking at intersections and about 40 per cent of its body made of ultra-high strength steel. Talk about a cannonball that seats seven.
Volvo engineers must be wizards because their new Twin Engine drivetrain translates to the top of the range XC90 T8 having 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque with CO2 emissions of around 60 g/km. That's better than the Prius and its 91 g/km of emissions.