As you may know, we've followed the development of the all-new Volvo XC90 with a magnifying glass -- loving the design vision, tech solutions and family-first attitude of this first in a new series of Volvo models.
Meeting the truck in person this week was a seriously competitive affair. Journalists were literally running to reserve it for a quick spin every time it became available.
Just an exceptionally short test drive as a result -- without the chance to take a video or really get on-road impressions. Even so, we do have a gorgeous set of photos of the T6 AWD to share. This is the most loaded model in the USA so far -- the T8 with 400-horsepower and a PHEV drivetrain just started production in Sweden recently, so first arrivals of the top-dog engine are a month or so out at least. R-Design trim is available on both -- with monochrome exterior and sportier details that are even more appealing than the stunner shown here.
Even with the T6 engine, the XC90 press car is loaded to the gills with impressive features. The seating and cabin make as great a first impression as the simply breathtaking exterior. Lovely perforated tan leathers, ultra-posh seats with comfort for days, and tech that is full of surprise/delight? Yes yes yes.
Outside, the details might seem like a simple evolution of the long-running XC90 style in preview pictures. In person, the long hood and boxy glasshouse made this author giddy with excitement. Volvo is well and truly BACK! And ready to dominate the seven-seat SUV market for 2016!
Can't wait for some on-road time in the XC90 --- but on first impressions, the next Audi Q7 has some seriously impressive competition. And a full year before the new Q7 arrives!
The XC90 is in showrooms now... but only briefly. As soon as the cars arrive, they are reserved and pre-sold with verve rarely seen for a family truckster.
Even better news? The upgraded S90 luxury car is well on its way with looks directly inspired by the Concept Coupe. And a future S60/V60 range with T-bar LEDs and the crisp, lean looks to take on the BMW 535i -- and WIN!
Future Volvo Renderings
Until then, the new S60 Inscription and its long-wheelbase room is tempting and a nice addition to the range. Same goes for the new V60 Cross Country and S60 XC -- two Outback-style makeovers of the very capable Volvo sedan staple that are both available in US showrooms as we speak.
2016 XC90 R-Design and V60 Cross Country
We highly encourage you to beat us to the test drive -- and are thrilled to share this preview of the T6 AWD, the XC90 color options, and pricing from $50,000 via the builder links below.
|T6 AWD||316Hp||295lb. ft.||25 MPG||$ 49,800|
|T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid||400Hp||472lb. ft.||N/A MPG||$ 68,100|