Volvo’s flagship SUV received a mild update for this year. The Swedish automaker introduced the 2020 Volvo XC90 a day ago. According to the manufacturer, the attractive high-riding model got itself several important changes. In addition to the visual update from the outside, the large crossover hosts a new powertrain aid, as well as some quite useful technology achievements.
First of all, the refreshed 2020 XC90 uses an advanced kinetic energy recovery system which reportedly improves fuel economy by 15 percent and reduces CO2 emissions by 15 percent. The system isn’t going to be available in North America though. Instead, the manufacturer’s new B-family engines that are coupled with the so-called KERS mild-hybrid are going to power models in the rest of the world. On the other hand, the U.S. XC90 will exploit familiar powertrain options. The list includes 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines that are currently capable to deliver 250 hp and 316 hp, as well as the impressive T8 plug-in hybrid powerplant. The last option received an update in form of a new and better battery that improves drive range by 15 percent.
The SUV is loaded with tech already, so it’s not fair to say that the successor provides essentially better features. Still, the updated Volvo XC90 gets a few new cards on the table: in addition to already integrated Apple CarPlay, the large crossover comes fitted with Android Auto compatibility and Spotify music streaming integration. The Swedish automaker serves as a synonym for reliable and safe cars, so it’s not any wonder at all that the updated XC90 offers top-level safety systems such as Oncoming Lane Mitigation, City Safety with Autobrake, and Cross Traffic Alert.
Styling-wise, well I have to say that the automaker didn’t do much. As far as I see, the 2020 Volvo XC90 hosts the brand’s latest radiator grille and new wheels design. There are a few new exterior colors and that’s pretty much everything. The updated cabin provides probably the most modular seating arrangement: the car not only provides seating for five, six, and seven passengers but also a number of folding variants for the second and third rows.
According to Volvo, the car will become available this spring. At this point, the automaker hasn’t announced pricing information, so stay tuned for updates.