Volvo XC90, a SUV is manufactured in 2 versions in India in the form of 2 Diesel cars. It comes in 7 colours, namely, Caspian Blue Metallic, Electric Silver, Ember Black, Flamenco Red Metallic, Ice White, Saville Grey Metallic and Twilight Bronze. Though launched in 2003, it took the car around 12 years to receive the new-gen model which was introduced at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the second generation XC90 is claimed to be the safest, and most economical and luxurious car in its league.
The second generation Volvo XC90 paves way for the Volvo's new design philosophy, and the credit for this evolutionary design goes to Thomas Ingenlath (ex-Volkswagen Group designer). This crossover SUV mirrors the Volvo Coupe concept. In the front there is a prominent chrome trimmed grille, which will also be offered on other future Volvos. The chrome grille accommodates the company's logo, flanked by 'Thor's hammer' headlamps. The T-shaped LED daytime running lights look unique, while the elongated and carved bonnet of the SUV curves back into the car's shoulder line. The strong shoulder line is stretched all the way to the narrowed rear lights, giving the car an aggressive stance. At the back, the crossover has the vertically stacked lamps design. The hatch door features aerodynamic creases that run under the licensing plate enclosure. The flared wheel arches of the crossover have been fitted to eight-spoke, 21-inch 'Inscription' alloy wheels.
INTERIOR & FEATURES
The XC90 crossover comes with spacious and feature-rich cabin which is based on the new SPA platform. The dashboard is clean and looks elegant with the centre dominated by a large 9-inch touch-screen that replaces a multitude of buttons and dials. The owners have the option to swipe between three main screens - car set-up options, basic car functions and onboard applications. For passengers' comfort, the SUV features four-zone automatic climate control with clean zone air purification system. This air-con system offers individual settings for the first and second row occupants. The second row seats can slide and recline, and there is an excellent legroom and headroom space. All the seats can be folded flat individually. The third row seat is more of a compromise and is good for people up to 170cm tall. It is equipped with a new cloud-based navigation system provided by Ericsson. There are wood and leather trims all around the cabin with other hand-crafted highlights. The glass gear level, starter button and volume controls get diamond cut designs.
The automobile runs on a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 225PS of power and 470Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmitter powers the all-wheel drive system of the car. The power figures aren't very good keeping the competition in mind.
The 1969 cc Diesel model delivers a fuel economy of 17.21 kmpl.
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The new model runs on a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is slightly insufficient when compared to its rivals. The engine lacks initial punch, but the mid-range is acceptable. The engine is concentrated due to the twin-turbos and there is no lag. Moreover, the car gives an excellent driving experience on both road and off-road.
The second generation Volvo XC90 crossover SUV competes against the likes of Audi Q7, BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.