Need heavy protection against a ballistic or explosive attack? Volvo has developed a heavily armoured XC90 SUV that has full 360-degree ballistic resistance as well as explosive resistance.
Volvo says that there’s an increasing demand for armoured vehicles worldwide and due to this demand, it created this XC90 Armoured SUV which took over 2 years to create and carries a VPAM VR8 protection rating. This rating implies maximum 360-degree ballistic protection as well as explosive protection.
It may look like an ordinary XC90, which is a form of disguise in itself, but the XC90 Armoured is far from being ordinary. It’s based on the XC90 T6 AWD Inscription, manufactured at Torslanda plant in Sweden, where it then goes to TRASCO in Bremen, Germany for armour fitment.
The vehicle employs high-tensile steel that’s 10 mm thick and the glass is up to 50 mm thick. The additional armour adds approximately 1 400 kg, contributing to a total weight of 4 490 kg. An uprated suspension and new braking system are also fitted to cope with the increased weight of the vehicle.
The XC90 Armoured is designed to transport high-profile individuals while providing maximum safety in a discreet manner. Volvo also offers a ‘light’ armoured vehicle based on the XC60 T6 AWD Inscription.
Both versions are intended for Europe and Latin American markets such as Brazil. Customer deliveries for the XC90 Armoured will commence at the end of 2019 while the armoured XC60 is expected to go on sale in 2020.