The Volvo XC90 is a line of crossover SUV’s manufactured by Volvo Cars.
The first generation of the Volvo XC90 was first unveiled in 2002 at the Detroit Motor Show. The XC90, like other large Volvo models such as the S80, is based off of the P2 Platform (which is similar to the Ford D3 vehicle platform). In 2005, the XC90 became Volvo’s top selling model worldwide; it is also the company’s best-selling vehicle model in the United States market. The XC90 series is Volvo’s first line of SUV-type vehicles.
In January of 2001, Volvo showcased their “Adventure” concept car at the North American International Auto Show, which was hosted at Detroit, Michigan. After gauging the public’s reaction to their “Adventure” concept car, Volvo then proceeded to develop a production version of the vehicle, which became known as the Volvo XC90. Production of the XC90 began in August of 2002, out of the company’s production facilities located in Sweden.
When the XC90 was launched in North America in the year 2003, it was made available to the public in two trim levels: the “2.5 T,” which was the entry level version of the vehicle, and the “T6,” which was the high end model.
The Volvo XC90 2.5 T’s feature set included a 2.5 liter B5254T2 “T5” turbocharged inline-five engine, which was capable of generating 208 horsepower at a torque of 236 foot-pounds and a five-speed automatic transmission system that Volvo co-developed with Aisin. The XC90 2.5 T features a standard front-wheel drive system, but buyers had the option of upgrading to an all-wheel Haldex Traction drive system as well.
The Volvo XC90 T6, Volvo’s higher-end option, featured a 2.9 liter B6294T twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, which put out about 268 horsepower at a torque of 280 foot-pounds. The T6 featured a four-speed 4T65EV/GT automatic transmission system, which was sourced from GM and modified by Volvo for use with the XC90. The XC90 T6 came standard with the Haldex Traction drive system.
In 2005, Volvo, working in conjunction with Yamaha, added a B8444S engine to the XC90 line. The new engine was initially capable of providing 288 horsepower; after several upgrades, the engine’s power output increased to 311 horsepower at 325 foot-pounds of torque.
The second generation of the Volvo XC90 is slated to enter production in late 2014. The 2014 XC90 is set to feature a 3.2 liter, in-line six-cylinder engine capable of putting out 240 horsepower at up to 6400 rpm with a torque of 236 foot-pounds. The model will have a fuel capacity of 21.1 gallons and a six-speed Geartronic Automatic transmission system.
Volvo designed the XC90 series with safety in mind. The front end of the XC90 was designed specifically with “crumple zones” that are able to absorb the shock of frontal collision impacts. In the event of a vehicle roll-over, the XC90’s roof is reinforced by ultra high-strength steel capable of resisting forces which could cause a roof collapse. The XC90’s rear end is not only designed to protect passengers by withstanding impact forces from a collision, but also features Volvo’s “WHIPS” system. The “WHIPS” system is a special feature that protects a vehicle’s passengers from the effects of whiplash in the event of a vehicle collision.
The Volvo has been around since the 1930s, and has retained its popularity both among car safety aficionados and among hipsters who enjoy the car’s classic “gold brick” design. Now Volvo is working to exceed standards in safety and in environmental benefits — even to create a “car that does not crash” by 2020. Why do Volvos rule the road? We’ve got 10 very good reasons.
1. Volvos are some of the safest cars out there.
Volvo has had a reputation for safety for generations, and it wants to keep its consumers believing that Volvos are the safest cars available. Because of this, Volvo continuously works to improve its cars’ safety; according to a recent New Yorker article, “the chances of getting hurt in a Volvo have dropped from more than ten per cent to less than three per cent over the life of a car.”
2. No, seriously. They’re working on building the safest car in the world.
Volvo’s most recent 2013 model, the V40 premium hatchback, won the highest Euro NCAP safety score ever issued. This quarter, Volvo announced the 2014 Volvo XC90, instantly dubbed “the safest car in the world.” This new car includes sophisticated Pedestrian Detection In Darkness sensors, Road Edge and Barrier Detection with Steer Assist, and an Adaptive Cruise Control system that automatically follows the car in front while maintaining a safe distance.
3. Their next project? A no-fatality car.
In 2010, Volvo set an ambitious goal: to design a car that eliminates not only all driving-related fatalities, but also all potential injuries. Volvo’s exact words: “Our vision is that no one is killed or injured in a Volvo by 2020. Ultimately, that means designing cars that do not crash.”
4. Volvos also win races.
The Volvo S60 Polestar Racing Car won the 2012 TCTA championship Grand Slam. Not bad for a brand that’s not traditionally known for speed.
5. Volvo parts are just as high-quality as the cars themselves.
To quote the Volvo eEuroParts.com page: “Even the best made cars require routine maintenance and repairs.” Unlike other cars, you don’t need to trade in your old vehicle as it ages; simply look up the appropriate parts, add a few new components, and you’re back on the road.
6. Wait, just how long can you keep these cars running?
How about 47 years and THREE MILLION MILES. That’s how long Irv Gordon has been driving his red Volvo P1800S. No doubt he’s updated a few of the Volvo parts since 1966. In fact, Gordon has a personal technician, Nino Gambino, to keep his Volvo in good working order.
7. That’s because Volvos are built to last.
The first Volvos built in 1934 were designed for one specific purpose: to handle Sweden’s cold temperatures and harsh winter terrain. The vision was to create a car that could take a beating and keep on going, and it’s a vision that still lives on in the modern Volvo brand.
8. Volvo also cares about the environment.
In 2013, the Volvo V60 diesel plug-in hybrid was one of the three finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year.
9. Even for SUVs.
Volvo also released the XC60 hybrid SUV, one of only a handful of hybrid SUVs on the market. If you want the power of a SUV without the reputation of a Hummer, Volvo’s your brand.
10. If you still have any doubts, ask Jean Claude Van Damme.
If you haven’t yet seen Volvo’s new viral commercial: the 53-year-old action hero shows off the new Volvo Dynamic Steering System by balancing his feet on two Volvo trucks and then doing a perfect split as they drive down the highway.
Volvo has announced that its R-Design treatment, for the recently facelifted 2014 S60, V60 and XC60, is all set and ready to hit the dealerships. The US dealerships to be more precise.
The models equipped with the aforementioned styling package, have the same engine variants as the standard models, the only difference being the styling changes done on the inside and out. All three vehicles now showcase a different front fascia with a matte black grill and honeycomb inserts, daytime running lights, a new rear diffuser with specific tailpipes, sportier wheels and last but not least, the R-designed badging with its slick metal diagonal.
On the inside, the vehicles fitted with the R-Design package received new sport seats with black Nubuck textile and perforated leather finish, embroidered R-design logos on the headrests as well as a few other minor modifications. Optionally available are full leather seats which are offered as standard on the R-Design Lux models.
The R-Design Sport chassis has been lowered by 15mm and it also 15 percent stiffer compared to the dynamic chassis of the S60 and V60. Both have monotube dampers, stiffer bushings and a strut brace. The chassis of the XC60 has also been stiffened-up and now features tuned shock absorbers and anti-roll bars for a sportier drive.
The Volvo XC90 is a great car, there’s no doubt about that. The only thing rather awkward about it is the vehicle’s outdated look, that’s all. The Swedish automaker seems to have noticed that and as a consequence, it has recently announced that the 2013 XC90 will go through a series of updates.
With the next generation XC90 on track for a late 2014 launch, Volvo declared that the upcoming crossover will feature an evolutionary design similar to the recently presented sketches. There’s not much info about the future model but sources say that it will be equipped with the Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA) four-cylinder engines that promise to be lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the company’s current six-cylinder units.
In a recent interview, Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Mr. Peter Mertens said that “The new architecture covers about two-thirds of our total sales volume. With about 40 percent of all components shared by all car models irrespective of size, we will benefit from economies of scale, thus boosting our competitiveness.” He added that the savings will enable the company to focus on “individual details that are important to our customers.”
There are two things I love and two that I hate about electric cars: I love the awesome torque and the engine silence and I hate their limited range and long recharging times. It seems that no matter how modern and powerful electric cars get, they all kinda’ revolve around the same problem. Volvo has been studying this problem for quite some time now and earlier this week the Swedish carmaker has announced the development of an advanced rapid charger.
The aforementioned system is the world’s first three-phase on-board charger. It doesn’t sound terribly exciting at first, but Volvo says it operates six times faster than today’s on-board devices. This technically enables the charger to give the C30 Electric an 80 km range in 30 minutes or a full charge in just 1.5 hours.
Compared to the standard 8-10 hours required for a “conventional” electric car to charge-up, the 1,5 hour milestone is a major leap. According to Volvo’s Vice President of Electric Propulsion Systems, Lennart Stegland, “We know that short recharging times and extensive operating range are a necessity for potential electric car consumers. The fast-charging unit helps cure what is known as ‘range anxiety’ since the car can be more easily recharged during the day.”
Do you still remember your highschool nerd? Well I remember his mother’s Volvo. Yes, I remember a square shaped green station wagon that everybody made fun of. Time has passed and now I’m looking at this beautiful Volvo V40 Cross Country and I can’t help myself from thinking that this might be one of the most beautiful cars I’ve seen in a while. Earlier this month Heico Sportiv did a marvelous job with the tuning package for the V40 and furthermore, back in June, we’ve seen the S60 Polestar Concept.Volvo is evolving!
The V40 Cross Country evolved from the V40 premium hatchback that was launched earlier this year. The new vehicle is 40mm higher in comparison to the standard model and it is distinguished by a more masculine appearance, as some might say, but I think it’s just plain perfect. The body kit features a contrasting front bumper, a honeycomb mesh grille and redesigned side skirts and rear diffuser.Volvo has also fitted the Cross Country with vertical daytime running lights and wheel choices similar to those of the V70.
Customers will have a variety of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, starting with the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder T5 petrol engine that outputs 254 bhp – 187 kW and 400 Nm of torque, followed by the 2.0 liter, five-cylinder T5 petrol engine with 213 HP – 157 kW and 300 Nm, and finally the 1.6-liter GTDi T4 with 180 HP 132 kW and a peak torque of 270 Nm(including the 30 Nm overboost).
As for diesels, we have the 2.0-liter, 5-cylinder D4 turbodiesel with 177 HP -130 kW and 400 Nm of torque, the 2.0-liter D3 that produces 150 HP and 350 Nm of torque, and the D2 1.6-liter with 115 HP – 84 kW and 285 Nm. (including the 15 Nm overboost)
Mostly all of these engines can be connected to either a 6-speed Powershift automatic transmission or to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Volvo Car Corporation expects to sell 17,000 units per year of the all-new Volvo V40 Cross Country. The vehicle will be built in Volvo Car Corporation’s production plant in Ghent, Belgium. Production gets under way in November 2012.
Heico Sportiv is one of those tuning brands that successfully combine performance and style. Their latest project brings into focus a new tuning package for Volvo’s diesel engines. The German tuner is the official tuning partner of Volvo Car Germany GmbH, Volvo Automobile (Schweiz) AG and Volvo Car Overseas Corporation and it offers a variety of performance and styling accessories for the Swedish brand.
The Volvo V40 has been fitted with a new power enhancement system, an exhaust system, sport suspensions that lower the hatchback’s ride height by 30mm, a set of Bright Silver, Graphite Matt and black alloy wheels . Also, the styling package includes a front apron, a rear skirt housing a diffuser and four chrome-plated tailpipes of the available sports exhaust system.
Under the bonnet, the power package features the “e.motion” ECU that operates in parallel with the original control unit, acting as an independent additional “brain”. For now, it will only be available for the D2, D3 and D4 diesel engines but Heico says that variants for the turbo direct injection gasoline engines T3, T4 and T5 are currently under development.
The V40’s five-cylinder D4 engine, has been tuned to produce 192HP and 480Nm instead of its standard 177HP and 400Nm allowing the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 250 km/h.
I guess Volvo has had enough with its safety and protection program so they had a little chat with their official performance partner, Polestar. It didn’t take too long to come up with the Volvo S60 Polestar performance concept car, a pre-production model that is set hunt down rivals such as the BMW M3, Audi RS4 and the Mercedes C 63 AMG.
The S60 Plestar has a modified front bumper , a rear bumper that has been modified to incorporate the Ferrita 3.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system, revised side skirts and a pair of 19 inch forged aluminium wheels. The interior isn’t that much modified but it features a set of Polestar seats and a slightly lowered dashboard that better integrates the gear-lever ergonomics.
Under the bonnet we have a turbocharged Volvo T6 inline-six engine that produces a staggering 508HP – 379kW and 575Nm of torque. A reinforced close ratio manual 6-speed gear box transfers the power to all four wheels via a Haldex Gen4 XWD (cross-wheel-drive) system. The Volvo S40 Polestar now accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in around 3.9 seconds and runs up to a top speed of over 300km/h.
Developed as part of the Swedish automaker’s objective – “no-one should be killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020″ – the V40’s pedestrian air-bag promises to significantly reduce the risks of head injuries.Volvo says that in Europe alone, 14 percent of traffic fatalities are pedestrians, around 12 percent in the U.S. and 25 percent in China.
The Swedish automaker’s pedestrian air-bag system is made out of seven sensors embedded in the car’s front bumper that transmit signals to a control unit which evaluates the possibility of a pedestrian impact. The system has two functions and its active at speeds between 20km/h and 50 km/h. When necessary, the rear end of the bonnet is raised by 100mm, through the use of pyrotechnic release mechanisms, and an air-bag deploys thus creating a dampening effect. So the all new, ground-breaking, standard safety system raises the bonnet to create distance, and secondly it cushions the impact around the hard parts of the area near the windscreen.
Among all the safety features introduced on the V40 compact hatchback, some of them, like the feature mentioned above, will not be coming to North America.
Volvo has unveiled today at the Frankfurt Motor Show the Volvo Concept You, a car that’s going to give a good indication of what to expect from the company’s next large sedan. The sleek exterior look of the car will be combined with a high tech interior with an intuitive smart pad technology which will be hallmark of the future Volvos and will be also combined with high levels of luxury.
The company wants to compete with the best with their special kind of luxury in the future, intuitive and uncomplicated. The center console of the concept consists of four main areas: a digital Driver Information Monitor, a headup display on the windscreen, a touch screen in the upper part of the centre console and a touch screen between the rear seats as well, all interacting with the driver based on his reactions.
The Volvo Concept You is apparently inspired by Georg Jense, featuring a liquid metal paint from DuPont and many elements that make it truly unique and very interesting.