After months of teasers, shots of the drivetrain and, in Volvo’s own words, ‘speculation’, the brand new XC90 is finally here.
The new SUV will go on sale in Spring next year priced from £45,785 for the base D5 AWD Momentum model.
It carries what Volvo say will be it’s new company face and is the first new car to role off their production line since the Chinese takeover.
That new corporate face was first seen on the Coupe Concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt motor show and makes the XC90 rather a looker.
The grille is now prominent and chrome while the slim, LED filled headlights are mirrored by the detailing in the front bumper above the fofog lights
Moving back over a long, sculpted, bonnet the XC90 is very upright but the well honed lines of the front run the entire length of the car and are accentuated by the slim, rather elegant rear lights.
Below you can spec the SUV with or without a sea of plastic that runs down the length of the car and around the back.
Under the bonnet there will be a range of 2.0litre, four cylinder Drive-E powertrains. The T6 will include a 316 bhp turbo and supercharged version while the base D5 will get 225 bhp using the turbocharger on its own.
At the top-of-the range will sit the Twin Engine, a 400bhp plug-in hybrid that includes an 80 bhp electric motor that drives the rear wheels and will propel the hefty SUV 25 miles on carbon-free power alone.
All the engines are mated to an eight speed auto box, and the plug in version will pump out an impressive, and tax free, 60g/km of CO2.
As you might expect from Volvo the XC90 is packed to the roof with safety kit including two world first inventions.
The first is run off road protection, this secures occupants in place and triggers energy absorption tech when a big change in approaching terrain is detected.
Also joining Volvo’s wide-ranging ‘City Safe’ auto braking features is a system that also stops the car if the driver turns across the path of an oncoming vehicle.
So confident are the Swedes of this new tech they say the XC90 is the first SUV built ‘without compromise’.
Inside the XC90 sprouts a touchscreen to declutter the dash of pretty much every knob or dial. Swathes of leather, wood and even a crystal glass gearstick, give the SUV a touch of luxury to help it compete with the likes of the X5.
But if none of that is quite enough for you, Volvo are also releasing a limited number of ‘first edition’ XC90s, for £68,000.
Only 1,927 of the individually numbered pieces of exclusivity will be available, and each will feature a unique tread plate and a distinctive badge to set you apart.
The first editions will be based around the D5 engine and add Onyx Black exterior, 8-spoke, 21-inch Inscription alloy wheels, Nappa leather seats in Amber, a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut inlays.
It will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October with the order books opening immediately and first deliveries expected in May.