Volvo’s flagship SUV, the XC90, has been facelifted. Herewith the details.
The Volvo XC90 has proven to be popular and it has scooped multiple award wins in the Premium SUV category of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - powered by WesBank. Now, the XC90 has received a facelift which has been confirmed to arrive in South Africa in the second half of 2019.
The XC90 will, for the first time, be equipped with Volvo’s kinetic energy recovery braking system which will be coupled to the existing engines and will carry the ‘B’ badge. Volvo says that the new electrified powertrain will contribute to fuel savings of up to 15% while also reducing emissions. The introduction of ‘B’-badged forms part of Volvo’s electrification strategy and will complement the existing T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid offering.
In terms of design, the XC90 now wears a revised grille along with new wheel designs and will be offered with new exterior colours. As far as the interior goes, buyers will now be able to order the XC90 with a variety of seating configurations including 4-seats, 7 seats and a new 6-seat configuration.
In terms of safety, the XC90 excels by offering steering assistance for both the City Safety and Blind Spot Information systems. City Safety with Autobrake is able to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. The latest XC90 is now also fitted Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which was first introduced in the XC60 and the Cross Traffic Alert is now coupled with an auto-braking function.
The updated Sensus infotainment system now offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Spotify music streaming.
Production of the facelifted Volvo XC90 will begin in May 2019 at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden. Volvo South Africa confirmed the facelifted XC90 will be arriving in the second half of 2019.