Volvo XC90 facelift revealed with KERS for better fuel efficiency

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Here’s a quick challenge for you – can you spot the design changes over the outgoing version?

After introducing new generations of nearly every model in its lineup, Volvo is now taking the time to refresh the oldest members of the range. Case in point, the Swedish manufacturer has just released official photos and details about the facelifted version of its flagship vehicle, the XC90 large SUV. 

After 320,000 sales since its introduction, the luxury sport utility vehicle is getting a minor visual makeover which includes a new radiator grille that is in-line with the brand’s latest offerings, as well as new wheel options and exterior colours.

Volvo XC90 facelift

Nothing has been changed on the inside as Volvo believes the XC90’s “superlative and award-winning interior design” is up to date and needs no improvements. Still, there is a range of new seating configurations, which means the vehicle can be now ordered in five-, six, and seven-seat cabin layouts. The second and third rows of seats can be folded in different ways ensuring the XC90 is basically available with any number of seats.

Volvo XC90 facelift

By far the most important improvement over the outgoing version is the addition of a new Kinetic Energy Recovery (KERS) braking system, for which Volvo claims can save up to 15 percent fuel in real-world driving. Under a new B badge, the system is coupled to the SUV’s existing internal combustion engines to create “a new integrated electrified powertrain.”

The company’s top-of-the-line high-riding vehicle is also benefiting from a number of assistance systems that were introduced in the S90/V90, S60/V60, and XC60 between 2015 and now. These include the Oncoming Lane Mitigation, City Safety with Autobrake, and Cross Traffic Alert systems. In combination with the XC90’s safety cage, these technologies should make the large SUV “one of the safest cars on the road.”

Volvo XC90 facelift
Volvo XC90 facelift
Volvo XC90 facelift

On the infotainment side, the model is finally getting an Android Auto compatibility with integrated Spotify music streaming “where available.”

Production of the 2020 XC90 will begin in May this year with order books already opened worldwide.

Gallery: Volvo XC90 facelift

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Volvo Cars has today unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90 large SUV, the company’s top-of-the-line flagship, adding a newly-developed fuel-saving engine option that marks the next step in the company’s ambitious electrification strategy.

The refreshed XC90 for the first time offers customers Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new ‘B’ badge.  

This new electrified powertrain offers drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real world driving.

The new brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.

The introduction of the new XC90 ‘B’-badged cars represents a major step for Volvo Cars towards its electrification ambitions.

The new ‘B’-badged cars complement Volvo’s existing T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electrified option on the new XC90.

On the outside, the refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original award-winning exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a modern new grill, among other details.               

On the inside, the superlative and award-winning interior design remains in place, but perhaps the most noticeable addition is the fact that it can be ordered with a range of different seating configurations.

From the four-seat Excellence variant and the seven-seat family SUV to the brand new six-seat configuration, the XC90 is available with any number of seats that best fits people’s preferences and lifestyles. New interior materials including a wool blend offer further options for personalisation.

Based on Volvo’s own, in-house developed platform, powertrain and safety technology, the 2015 XC90 marked the start of Volvo Cars’ transformation. It introduced the new face of the Volvo brand characterised by the Thor’s Hammer headlights, while introducing its new Scalable Product Architecture.

The world-first technologies and innovations that were launched on Volvo’s other 90 and 60 Series models between 2015 and 2019 have also found their way into the XC90 over the intervening years.

As a result, Volvo’s top-of-the-line SUV has become more advanced since its introduction, clocking up over 320,000 units sold worldwide – and counting.

In terms of active safety technology, the XC90 now offers drivers help with steering on both the City Safety and the Blind Spot Information System. City Safety with Autobrake is still the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.

The Oncoming Lane Mitigation system first introduced on the XC60 is now also available on XC90, while the Cross Traffic Alert technology now also offers autobrake.

All this, together with the safety cage that forms the core of the passive safety technology, makes the XC90 one of the safest cars on the road and underlines Volvo Cars’ unwavering commitment to developing the safest cars possible.

While the XC90 was the first Volvo to offer Apple Carplay integration, it is now also compatible with Android Auto. The Sensus infotainment system has gone through multiple updates in recent years, all of which have been adopted into the XC90. Where available, the Spotify music streaming service is integrated in the XC90.

The model year 2020 version of the XC90 will go in production in May at the Torslanda plant in Sweden and is now available to order in all Volvo markets around the globe.

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