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Volvo to introduce XC 90 facelift with minor design changes in 2020

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 September 2019, 11:45 IST

Volvo XC 90 is notable as Volvo’s first SUV model. Since its global introduction in 2002, the XC 90 has won many awards for its utility, robust build and a keen eye for safety. The 2019 Volvo XC90 scored an overall 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. The first gen XC 90 was replaced by the second-gen model based on Volvo’s Scalable Architecture Platform (SPA).

Since its inception, Volvo has sold over 3,20,000 XC 90 SUVs all over the globe. The 2020 facelift will introduce minor design changes, the interior won’t get any drastic changes too. The facelifted version of the SUV will get an energy recovery system to improve mileage.

Volvo will not attend the 2019 Geneva Motor Show but it has utilized the timing to announce the XC 90 SUV will receive a mid-cycle facelift. Facelifted Volvo’s will use the existing 2.0-liter engine with Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to maximize fuel efficiency. The Swedish carmaker claims a 15 % increase in efficiency in real-world driving.

The KERS system converts the energy lost during braking to electric energy. This energy is used to provide torque assistance to the SUV. By utilizing this technology Volvo XC 90 reduces emissions and offers a noticeable improvement in mileage.

At the exterior, there are no significant changes. The 2020 Volvo XC 90 carries over a design similar to the outgoing model. The changes can be seen at the grille, Volvo’s radiator grille has received subtle changes to make the front fascia look more sophisticated. The three-row SUV sits on newly designed alloy wheels. The headlamp cluster also receives a minor update.

Volvo has decided not to alter its award-winning interior design. Even after a significant time period, XC 90 hasn’t lost its charm to newly upgraded rivals. The carmaker has introduced a range of seating configurations. The SUV can be had in five, six and seven-seat layouts.

The second and third-row seats can be folded in different ways to suit your needs. The infotainment system finally supports smartphone integration via Android Auto.

Volvo hasn’t left any stone unturned in the safety department. 2019 XC90 SUV is offered with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) for added safety while driving. The ADAS features include Cross Traffic Alert system with auto brake assist, Blind Spot Information system with steering aid and Oncoming Lane Mitigation system.

The first batch of 2020 Volvo XC 90 will be produced in Sweden. Bookings for the luxury SUV are open globally. There has been no announcement for the introduction of XC90 facelift in India. The facelift will make its way to our shores after the international variant is launched.

The XC 90 (pre-facelift) is available in four trim levels - Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence – priced between Rs 80.90 lakh and Rs 1.31 crore (ex-showroom, India).

First published: 28 February 2019, 13:06 IST
 
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