NEW XC90 CONFIRMED FOR AUGUST
It was this time last year that the now Chinese-owned Volvo confirmed it would unveil a new XC90 in 2014, replacing the model that debuted way back in 2002.
These new teaser images reveal not only the first official look at the new XC90, but also the first glimpse at the Swedish carmaker’s new production styling.
Dominating the dash is a large tablet-like display that will control many of the new SUV’s function, flanked by tall vents and a slender air-conditioning switch panel below.
A wide digital instrument cluster sits behind the new three-spoke steering wheel, while a combination of wood and aluminium highlights - including diamond-cut switches in the centre console - feature throughout the cabin.
“These details are designed to become the jewels of the interior. They add a bit of exclusive playfulness rather than pure functionality,” said Robin Page, Volvo Cars’ Interior Design Director.
As a seven-seat offering, the new XC90 also boasts an ultra-thin seat design in the first and second rows for increased legroom in the second and third rows.
“Just like classic Scandinavian chairs, our new seats prove that seats don’t need a lot of thick padding to be comfortable," Page says. The full seat core has an ergonomic shape that resembles the human spine."
"A multitude of adjustment possibilities makes it possible for the individual user to create an ideal seating position."
The standard seating package, dubbed ‘Comfort’, offers powered operation, adjustable bolsters, cushion extension, multi-directional lumbar support and three-setting memory.
Optional ‘Contour’ seats will also be offered, adding additional side support from the shoulders to the thighs.
The second row is devised of three individual seats with recline and sliding functions, offering more legroom in the second row or more cargo space when the third row is folded flat.
Four-zone climate control will also be offered with the new XC90 as an optional extra, adding individual settings for front and second-row occupants.
The new XC90 will be one of the largest models to ride on the new Volvo SPA platform, and the carmaker says all of its new offerings will weigh around 100 to 150kg less than their existing counterparts.
The company's new four-cylinder Drive-E engines will also feature, and the XC90 will undoudtedly benefit from a hybrid setup for more power in up-spec models.
Watch for more details on the new XC90 to surface in the lead-up to its August unveiling.
Expect an Australian debut to occur in early 2015.