The Swedish carmaker is claiming a couple of ‘world firsts’ with its new model, along with improved and new self-driving and safety features.
Addressing poor statistics for single-vehicle collisions resulting from road departure, the new XC90 will also get ‘Run-off road protection’.
If the system detects that the vehicle has unintentionally left the road, the seatbelts are pre-tensioned while the vehicle is still moving.
The seats also feature new padding between the cushion and the frame to minimise spinal damage from hard landings.
Beforehand, Volvo’s Lane Keeping Aid will apply steering input if it detects the vehicle is about to wander out of its lane and Driver Alert Control aims to warn drivers before fatigue causes them to run off the road.
The second ‘world first’ is an autonomous emergency braking system that applies the brakes if a driver tries to turn in front of an oncoming car at intersections.
Volvo promised the new XC90 would be “highly autonomous”, with new self-driven features joining some existing technologies in the 2015 model.
‘Queue Assist’ operates the vehicle almost fully-autonomously in low speed situations, applying throttle, brake and steering input while stuck in traffic jams.
The queueing feature is joined by pre-crash detection for rear impacts, Roll Stability Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking (‘City Safety’), blind-spot monitoring and road sign recognition.
Volvo has constructed the body of its new SUV from 40 percent hot-formed boron steel, making it five times stronger than the first generation XC90.
The Park Assist Pilot now comes with a reverse perpendicular parking feature, joining the existing reverse parallel park. But unlike most systems, Volvo’s will now assist you as you exit the parking space as well.
Parking is also made easier by the new 360 degree ‘bird’s-eye view’ camera system, allowing the driver to see the entire surroundings of the vehicle through four ‘fish-eye’ cameras.
The 2015 Volvo XC90 is a major step in the carmaker’s goal toward zero deaths or serious injuries in its new cars by 2020.
The existing model in its 12th year will also continue to be sold for now on the Chinese market, known as the XC Classic.
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