2015 Volvo XC90 unveiled, priced from £45,000

The new 2015 Volvo XC90 has finally been unveiled, following an $11bn investment by the company not just in the XC90 but in a new platform and brand identity.

The new XC90 will go on sale in October with prices starting from £45,000.  First deliveries are expected in May 2015.

The XC90 is the first car in Volvo’s line-up to feature its revised branding, the arrow in the Volvo logo having been re-aligned to follow the diagonal slash across the grille.

Volvo promised a more muscular appearance for the new XC90, and this has arrived in the from of a higher belt-line and wheel sizes that range up to 22 inches.

Under the bonnet will be a range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains that promise excellent economy and low emissions.

The range-topping XC90 Twin Engine, for example, uses a 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine mated to an electric motor to provide a total of around 400hp yet emits just 60 g/km of CO2.

As you’d expect from Volvo, the new XC90 also offers outstanding levels of safety equipment, including two new technologies: run off-road protection and an auto-brake at intersection function.

The run off-road system detects if the vehicle leaves the road and tightens the front seat belts, while energy-absorbing sections between the seat and seat frame cushion the vertical forces generated when the vehicle makes a hard landing.

The XC90’s auto-brake system can apply the brakes automatically if the driver turns into the path of an incoming car at a junction, and Volvo says this is the first car in the world to include this functionality.

Volvo’s City Safety package – which provides auto-brake functions if it detects vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians in front of the car – is standard across the range.

A new function that automatically follows the vehicle in front in stop/go traffic will also be available.

It’s not all about safety, however.  Volvo says the new XC90’s interior is its most luxurious yet, with the cabin dominated by a new touch-screen control surface which makes the interior almost completely free of buttons.

Premium materials such as wood and soft leather feature heavily, as do hand-crafted details such as a gear lever made by Orrefors from crystal glass, as well as diamond-cut controls for the start/stop and volume controls.

Famous British audio company Bowers & Wilkins have crafted a 1,400W amplifier and 19 B&W speakers for the range-topping audio option, including sound processing software to fine-tune the timing and sound of the individual speakers, plus the first air-ventilated subwoofers used in a car that turn the whole interior surface into a giant bass speaker.

Interior space is said to have been improved over its predecessor, while the third row of seats can accommodate passengers up to 170cm tall.

Meanwhile, an Urban Luxury Package adds a colour co-ordinated body kit, stainless steel trim details and 21-inch polished wheels, while a Rugged Luxury package offers matte black exterior trim, stainless steel skid-plates, illuminated running boards, integrated exhaust pipes and 22-inch wheels.

The new Volvo XC90 goes on sale in October with prices starting from £45,000.  First deliveries are expected in May 2015.