Volvo XC90 First Frontal Shot: Optical Blocks Inspired By Scandinavian Mythology
|   Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The SF optical blocks of the new XC90 generation and part of the grid, these are the parts that are presented to us by Volvo, in a teaser that came with a series of information on the scalable modular platform of the Swedish SUV.

The new optical blocks by which the XC90 completely changes the paradigm in the Volvo design range are inspired by the Scandinavian mythology. The LED blocks seem to indicate, according to the brand's design team, the god Thor and his famous hammer.
"Thor's Hammer" is, in fact, the official baptism name by which the XC90's headlamps will be known. Moreover, the purpose of the Nordic creative team is to transform the face of Swedish SUV into something that is clearly recognizable on the street.

"Anyone who looks in their rear-view mirror is going to know immediately that there is a new XC90 behind them. The XC90 is a car that has presence on the road" says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

The platform on which the new XC90 will be built is one of the most permissive in the automotive industry. It was developed completely independently by Volvo, with the aid of Geely investment, which bought Volvo from Ford five years ago. Officially called Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the new platform has been developed in the last four years, allows a very high flexibility in development and will host the construction of a wide range of Volvo models in the next period.

The new platform allows the Swedes to assimilate easily all the top technologies of 2014, from propulsion systems to infotainment packages. Thus, the savings that will be gained by the Nord manufacturer using the same template will be very large indeed. Also, the design will have high free areas such as wheelbase, car height and the height of the front, which are now fully scalable depending on car segment.

"This has created greater freedom for us to design cars with a confident stance, dynamic proportions and a number of distinctive design signatures. Our three recent concept cars have demonstrated this capability. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognize the connection instantly when it is revealed in two weeks," stated Thomas Ingenlath.

Another important advantage of the new SPA platform is the flexibility to adapt the interior to the customer's needs. For example, the people at Volvo have a new floor and seat design, allowing the Swedish SUV to be transformed into a model with three real rows of seats on which adult passengers up to 170 cm tall can be seated. Moreover, the sliding position of the second row makes the space devoted to the last seat row increase according to need.

The top of the XC90 range Twin Engine combines a two-liter four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and offers a significant combination of power and clean operation, rated at 400 horsepower with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of just 60 g / km (on NEDC driving cycle).
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