Way before the Audi Q7 came over and took the full-size luxury SUV segment, it was the Volvo XC90 – in its previous-generation, that is – that reigned supremacy in this segment. While the huge Volvo proved to be a runaway success for the carmaker, the prodigious Audi took over this segment with its inherent capabilities.
So, naturally, Volvo decided to fight back for its numero uno position, and, as a result, a new XC90 was launched in the Indian market last year. For those of you who may not know, the XC90 is the flagship SUV from Volvo, and it goes up against the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS – since we’ve already mentioned the Audi – in the market.
So, last year, when Volvo gave its flagship SUV a mid-cycle facelift, the biggest change came in the form of additional variants (we’ll get to that later). Of course, it also received some other updates such as a new grille, a newer design for the alloy wheels, and seating configurations. Let’s have a look down below.
Sure, there are several changes to the XC90 on the exterior front, but the overall specifications of the mammoth SUV remain almost identical. To give you an idea, the 2019 Volvo XC90 measures 4,950mm in length, 2,008mm in width, and 1,776mm in height. The ground clearance is an impressive 238mm and the base-spec variant tips the scale at 2,910kg. It has a fuel tank capacity of 71-litres and a boot space capacity of 530-litres.
The XC90 comes with two engines, a petrol and a diesel. Sufficed to say, both the engines are compliant with the stringent BS-VI emission standards. The entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder diesel, which churns out 225bhp and 470Nm of torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Then, there is the 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol, which is good for 407bhp and a mind-numbing 640Nm of torque. It, too, comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as a standard fit. While the diesel engine is available in base variants, the petrol powertrain is available in two top-spec trims.
Considering it’s a full-size luxury SUV – and yes, a prodigious one – and weighs around 3-tonnes, the XC90 fuel efficiency figures are quite overwhelming. In the diesel-automatic guise, the XC90 delivers 17.2km/l, while in the petrol-automatic guise, it is good for 13km/l.
Given its pricing and segment, the XC90 is, of course, loaded to the gills with nice-to-have features. What’s new inside, is an updated infotainment screen, which is still laid as portrait, but it now also features Android Auto, apart from Apple Carplay, which was also present in the pre-facelift model.
Apart from that, the rear-seat experience is now much better. The main highlight here is the small fridge, that’s embedded right beneath the centre armrest. You can also control almost about anything from the back seat.
The XC90, as of early-2020, comes in four shades, namely, Magic Blue, Luminous Sand Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, and Onyx Black.
All the details regarding the Volvo XC90, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Volvo XC90 is available in four variants, withtwo variants for the petrol-automatic and two variants for the diesel-automatic. The prices start at Rs. 80.9 lakhs for the Momentum Luxury (D) variant going all the way up to Rs. 1.42 crores for the Excellence Lounge (P) variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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