Volvo debuted the 2020 XC90 with minor tweaks to the exterior and interior. The Swedish company has promised new electrified powertrains outside of the United States which we assume will arrive in the Middle Eastern market in the near future.
The XC90 stands as Volvo’s oldest model in its current lin-up. Its current generation that debuted in 2016 was a breath of fresh air in a line-up filled with outdated cars. However, as the company uncovered new models alongside, the “old” XC90 was pushed further back in line for an upgrade.
New cosmetic additions include new wheel designs, different exterior colours, and a new grille up front.
Volvo decided to grace its full-size SUV with a needle of Botox instead of a full suite of cosmetic procedures. This comes in the form of some new wheel designs, different exterior colours, and a new grille up front. Similar to its exteriors, the interiors haven’t changed much either.
On the inside are some additional trim options and a new “tailored wool” interior upholstery along with a six-seat configuration in addition to the existing four- five- and seven-seat setups. In the infotainment arena, the new Volvo XC90 gets Android Auto as well as Spotify streaming capabilities.
Filling up the plate of driver assists are new features such as Steering Assist that has been added to the SUV’s automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring system. The cross-traffic alert now has automated braking alongside the oncoming-lane mitigation system that was introduced on the XC60.
On the inside are some additional trim options and a new “tailored wool” interior upholstery along with a six-seat configuration.
With the XC90, Volvo will be introducing a new B badge intended for hybrid vehicles. This will be based on the T variants and will use regenerative braking, which the company claims will offer fuel savings and emissions reductions of up to 15 per cent in “real-world driving”.
Meanwhile, powertrain changes haven’t been limited to the new hybrids. The new T8 plug-in hybrid setup which uses a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre inline-four has been upgraded with a new battery pack that Volvo calls “brake-by-wire advanced battery charging”. This increased the range by about 15 per cent along with an increase in power now rated at 420hp.