The 2015 Volvo XC90 could be launched as early as May 2015 while deliveries will begin in September, numerous reports and our dealership contacts have revealed. Showcased at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the vehicle is based on the company’s SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform.
In terms of looks, along with its imposing stance and an almost 5-metre long body, are Volvo’s new grille, ‘Thor’s hammer’ headlamps, and large wheels. The added length and breadth benefits the spacious interior, too. It also gets a tablet PC-like infotainment system, and a Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
To be made available in two variants, namely Momentum and the top-spec Inscription, the new XC90 will get all-wheel drive as standard. Powering the vehicle will be the D5 turbocharged diesel engine, producing 222hp and 470Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed gearbox.
The Twin Engine T8 petrol hybrid could also be launched at a later stage. It uses a 2-litre turbocharged and supercharged (both!) engine in conjunction with a small electric motor up front and a larger one at the rear, and produces a maximum of 400hp and 640Nm of torque.
Volvo India will be bringing the vehicle as a completely built unit (CBU), and will position it against the other heavyweight SUVs like the Audi Q7 (the 2015 Q7 is expected to be launched this year, too), the Mercedes Benz GL, and the new-ish BMW X5. As for the price, expect a hike over the previous XC90, which sells for about Rs 56 lakh, ex-showroom.