It was in the year 2015 when the folks at Volvo introduced the second-generation Volvo XC90, fast forward to the year 2019, the Swedish marque is introducing the updated model for the SA market.
Although changes are subtle and only die-hard fans of the product will easily notice the changes between the old model and the new one.
The facelifted XC90 gets new wheels, new exterior colours and a modern new grille plus new six-seat configuration.
Inside, the new XC90 boasts a buttonless tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of the in-car control system.
The interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors on the T8 Inscription and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
There are two USB ports as standard as well as a telematics unit with a P-Sim card slot.
Boot space is measured at a good 1 856 litres.
The 2020 XC90 can be ordered with a range of different seating configurations. From the seven-seat family SUV, to the brand new six-seat configuration. There are new interior materials including a slate grey upholstery and new décor inlays offer further options for personalisation.
The top-of-the-line system in the XC90 features a 1 476-Watt Class D amplifier and 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers.
The refreshed Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 Twin Engine interior
The refreshed Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 Twin Engine Interior Detail – Orrefors Gearshift
In the safety department, the refreshed XC90 comes with Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Run-Off Road Mitigation/Protection, Driver Alert Control, Road Sign Information, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Light, Brakes with Hill Start Assist and Automatic Hold, Automatic braking after a collision, Roll-Over Protection System, Roll Stability Control, reinforced passenger compartment, SIPS™ side impact protection system, collapsible steering column, side and dual-stage airbags (for the driver and front passenger), inflatable curtain, WHIPS™ whiplash injury protection system and City Safety with Autobrake (which recognises pedestrians, cyclists and large animals).
The new XC90 offers a range of two-litre, four-cylinder powertrains coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The turbocharged diesel engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 D5 Geartronic AWD delivers 173 kW and 480 Nm of torque. Combined fuel consumption is at 5.7l/100 km.
The XC90 T5 AWD is equipped with a 187 kW petrol engine, which features a high-pressure turbo. It delivers 350 Nm of torque. Combined fuel consumption is at 7.6l/100 km.
The supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 T6 Geartronic AWD delivers 235 kW of power and torque of 400 Nm. It consumes 8.0l/100 km.
The range-topping Volvo XC90 T8 Geartronic AWD has a 300 kW (235 kW + 65 kW) petrol engine that is also supercharged and turbocharged. It works in conjunction with an electric motor, delivering power of 300 kW (235 kW + 65 kW) and torque of 640 Nm (400 Nm + 240 Nm. Fuel consumption is at 2.1l/100 km.
Volvo Car South Africa is launching a new R-Design version of the XC90. R-Design models are the sportiest XC90s to date, featuring a range of design, dynamic and equipment upgrades to give Volvo’s SUV a sporty makeover.
The outside of the car is distinguished by 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, black door mirrors and a gloss black mesh front grille. Inside, there are leather/nubuck sports seats and a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel complete with gearshift paddles. R-Design XC90s also get a powered front passenger seat with memory function (to match the driver’s seat), sports pedals, black headlining and upgraded interior lighting.
There’s even an exclusive R-Design leather-clad remote key fob.
R-Design models come with Drive Mode Settings and Adjustable Steering Force as standard, too, which allow you to choose between different settings for the engine, transmission, steering and the optional air suspension.
The 2020 XC90 comes standard with Volvo On Call, an innovative app-based service that helps motorists to communicate with their cars.
Volvo On Call is entirely free of charge for five years. Thereafter, it can be extended for a fee.
The model year 2020 version of the XC90 will be available on dealer showroom floors from mid-August 2019.
All Volvos standard with a five-year / 100 000km Warranty and Maintenance Plan (Volvo Plan) and five-year / unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance.