2016 Volvo XC90 Revealed

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Photos of the Volvo XC90 have leaked ahead of the car’s official debut next month.

Built on Volvo’s new scalable architecture, the XC90 replaces the decade-old XC90, and features a lineup of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.

The range topping T8 (as it will be known – presumably to symbolize V8 power) will make 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque from a 4-cylinder engine that is both turbocharged and supercharged. The T8 will also utilize a plug-in hybrid system to give it 24 miles of electric range and CO2 emissions of 60 grams per kilometer – about 33 percent better than a non-plug-in Toyota Prius.

Also on tap are two non-hybrid four-cylinder engines, a T6 four-cylinder making 320 hp and a T5 unit making 254 hp. Two diesels will be offered as well, but likely for world markets.

A new suite of active safety features, including an updated auto-braking system is also a crucial part of the XC90’s sales proposition – and as Tim Cain notes, Volvo needs this car to be a big hit, after letting their flagship langush unchanged for over a decade.

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  • Mahdigga Mahdigga on Aug 26, 2014

    It's going to sell like crazy here in the NYC metro area. I can already see soccer moms in North Jersey and Long Island snapping these up as if they were free. I actually like the design. If they price it right, cheaper than a Range Rover, but more expensive than the Lexus RX, they're gold.

  • Mandalorian Mandalorian on Aug 26, 2014

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. It seems like just yesterday that one of these puppies could be equipped with an honest to goodness V8. CAFE can go TRUCK itself. At least the Chinese had the good sense to put a REAL LIFTGATE on it instead of that two pice toilet lid that was smacked on the rear end before.

  • MaintenanceCosts Absolutely. Most old classics are not Boss 429s or Busso Alfas. Most of them have powertrains that are just crap by modern standards. I'd love to have a classic without the pre-emissions stinky exhaust or the need to futz around constantly with points and jets to maintain drivability.
  • Ravenuer No, I wouldn't be interested in doing this at all. Seems like it would be quite expensive.
  • Tassos Why buy either when you have two matching 2007 diesel e-classes with combined over 950k km. NO ONE SHOULD WANT MORE THAN I HAVE SETTLED FOR.
  • FreedMike Depends on the used car. If we're talking a numbers-matching GTO or something like that, then hell no. But if we're talking about something like a six-banger '67 Mustang, it'd be cool to make it into an EV with modern suspension, brakes and electronics. Call it an electro-restomod.
  • Billccm I think history is repeating itself. In the late 1980s the French acquired AMC. They discovered no easy money in that deal, Chrysler took AMC and Jeep is all that remained.Present day the French acquired FCA, discovered no easy money in the deal, and some Asian manufacturer will take what remains of Chrysler, and Jeep and RAM will be all that survived.To understand the future study the past.