The Swedish Miracle - Volvo XC90
|   Sunday, November 22, 2015
With a new platform and the most luxurious interior the Swedes have had ever, the Volvo XC90 promises to be a serious competitor for the German triad of premium producers.

Volvo is almost synonymous with the concept of auto safety. However, few gave any chance to the Swedish manufacturer when Ford sold it to Chinese from Geely. 11 billion dollars and four years later, Volvo was reborn from its ashes, launching a redesigned XC90 from the ground up, which promises to be impressive.
It brings on stage the new modular platform SPA (Scalable Product Architecture), which is the foundation of the restructuring plan implemented under the patronage of Geely. In the coming years, the new SPA platform will become the cornerstone for all models in the Volvo range, which would bring the Swedish manufacturer more strength in order to face the German competition.

Compared to the previous model, the Volvo XC90 has grown significantly. At present, it has a length of 4.95 meters (+ 14 cm), a width of 1.92 meters (+2.3 cm) and a wheelbase of 2.98 meters (+13 cm). It also has an impressive aspect, not accidentally if we consider that the Volvo XC90 model is desired to be a formidable weapon not only in Europe, but especially in China and on the American continent.

At the same time, it allows raising the ground clearance in Off-road mode up to the value of 267 mm - enough to tackle the toughest trails. However, with its low wheels the XC90 model prefers asphalt and surfaces without major irregularities.

It offers comfortable travel conditions for up to seven people, and the interior variability is remarkable. Not only are the dimensions impressive, but the design is signed by the German Thomas Ingenlath (ex-VW). Starting from the imposing grid, in which the Volvo logo has been restyled and continuing with lamp units with daytime LEDs, called by Volvo "Thor's Hammer," the new XC90 indicates a dramatic change of direction, which we will see refined on other Volvo future models.

The interior is announced as the most luxurious for Volvo, but it is not opulent. In the center of operations is new touchscreen, 9 inches in diagonal, placed vertically, and enabling almost complete removal of buttons in the cockpit. The Volvo Sensus interface is integrated with Android Auto and the operation is quite easy. The combination of materials is surprising: leather, wood and manufactured materials.

The new Volvo XC90 implemented a system of individual ergonomic chairs, offering numerous adjustment and configuration possibilities. The second row can slide longitudinally to allow more space for passengers in the third row or a larger volume if the luggage compartment if needed. Second row seatbacks are also adjustable. The third row of seats allows a comfortable ride even for tall people (Volvo says up to 1.70 meters).

The engine range of Volvo XC90 consists exclusively of 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, from the Drive-E family; in this regard the Swedes are downsizing champions in the segment.

The accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h takes 6.5 seconds and is impressive, especially when you consider the 2.1 tons of the XC90.
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