Demand for three-row crossover SUVs is increasing and brands
are expanding their lineup with new models. The Volvo XC90 is
the range-topping crossover in Swedish automaker lineup and the
first redesigned vehicle in last few years. With its redesign,
it defined the path for other Volvo’s vehicles and the new
generation of the XC60 will largely mimic the larger sibling in
all aspects. The new XC60 will come for the 2018 model year
while 2018 Volvo XC90 won’t introduce radical changes.
New for 2018:
A completely redesigned Volvo XC90 arrived for the 2016 model
year with upgrades on all fronts. New plug-in hybrid powertrain
and new Drive-E engines came alongside with new interior and
exterior design. Volvo, of course, is keeping its strong safety
and comfort credibility and these aspects were also upgraded.
The upgrades continued for the 2017 model with inclusion of the
new top trim and upgraded technology. The 2018 versions should
also get the latest technology and revised equipment groups.
2018 Volvo XC90: Styling, Design, Platform
The new 2018 Volvo XC90 will continue to sit on the Volvo’s
Scalable Product Architecture. It debuted on this model
and will underpin other vehicles from this brand including the
upcoming XC60. The exterior design of the XC90 will also serve
as an inspiration for the new 2018 XC60 which also suggest that
Volvo’s flagship SUV won’t experience radical changes in its
The model will rely on the classic SUV design but in
Scandinavian interpretation. Crisp lines and shapes will help
it to look elegant while brand’s signature elements will make a
distinction from the rival models. Volvo’s elegant grille and
“Thor’s Hammer” headlights will define its front fascia deign
while rear side will also include familiar taillights.
The interior of the model will exhibit the design that was
radically for the new generation of this model. Volvo has
defined high standards in comfort and ascetics and it will
continue to affirm its credibility in that regard. High-quality
materials and a handsome mix of wood and metallic accents will
give an attractive and warm vibe to the cabin.
There will also be Volvo’s time-proven and well-designed seats
for long-ride comfort. A generous comfort and amount of the
legroom will also be available for the mid-row passengers. The
third row will be best for the children.
When it comes to the equipment, the new Volvo will
unsurprisingly be well-equipped from the base models. It will
offer standard LED lights, a sunroof, keyless entry and
ignition, premium upholstery, power adjustable front seats with
power lumbar and driver memory setting, etc. Technology segment
will include the latest infotainment system with vertically
oriented center screen, navigation, smartphone compatibility,
voice commands, a ten-speaker sound system, etc. The higher
trims will bring upgraded upholstery, heated and ventilated
seats, upgraded seats and infotainment and so on.
For the safety purposes, it will be armed with the host of
advanced systems. It will include forward collision warning
with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane
departure intervention and warning, a surround view system,
blind-zone monitoring, rear cross traffic, etc.
2018 Volvo XC90: Performance
Like in the current form, the 2018 Volvo XC90 will be available
with turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engines as
well as with a plug-in hybrid version.
Entry-level T5 model will include a 2.0-liter turbocharged
four-cylinder engine which might offer slightly better output
ratings. It is now good for 250 hp and torque of 258
pound-feet. An 8-speed automatic will be standard transmission
system while this version will be available with either front-
or all-wheel drive.
The T6 model will use a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter
four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive. Expect the
similar output figures as the current 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of
The plug-in hybrid will combine T6 model’s engine with an
electric motor which current capability is 87 hp. Total output
in the actual version is 400 hp but new XC90 might improve this
score as well as the fuel economy and electric range.
2018 Volvo XC90: Price, Arrival
As per currently available information, the 2018 Volvo XC90
should arrive at dealerships in late 2017. The price range
should start from around $46, 000 and will exceed $100, 000 for
the plug-in hybrid version.