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First new Volvo XC90s available to order

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Volvo has finally launched official images and information for its new XC90 off-roader. The current model has been one of the most long-lived large 4x4s on the road, with sales beginning in 2002. 

Despite its long life, sales of the current model spiked shortly before it went out of production, so Volvo faces a significant challenge to produce a new model which can capture buyers’ attention in the same way as the original XC90. With rearmost seats that can accommodate those up to five feet seven inches tall, the XC90 should retain its position of being one of the few off-roaders which can realistically accommodate seven adults.

The first batch of 1,927 new XC90s will be available to order on September 3 on Volvo’s website, to celebrate the year Volvo was founded. These are no ordinary models though; these ‘First Edition’ cars will cost a whopping £68,000 and will be packed with luxury equipment and Volvo’s new D5 twin-turbo diesel engine with 222bhp and 470Nm of pulling power, teamed to a slick eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard kit on this model includes cossetting air suspension with five driving modes and plush tan leather seats which are electrically adjustable in the front and rearmost rows, with the front seats being ventilated and the outer second row seats being heated. 

First Edition models will have a leather dashboard with walnut inlays along with a touchscreen tablet-like display for many of the car’s controls with access to a number of internet-based services, with very few physical buttons on the dashboard. As for audio, the car will pack a hugely powerful 1,400 watt Bowers & Wilkins speaker system with a total of 19 speakers dotted across the cabin. The exterior meanwhile, will feature black paintwork as well as large 21-inch alloy wheels.

Volvo also claims that the XC90 is one of the safest cars on the road and with world-first safety kit, consisting of a run-off road protection system which takes hold if the car leaves the road and a system which stops the car if it senses that you are going to pull in front of another car approaching at speed. The Swedish company’s City Safety equipment is also standard, and protects against collisions with other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in day or night.

The four-wheel-drive D5 Momentum will be available to order from Volvo dealerships from October with prices starting at £45,000 and deliveries set to start in May 2015. A 400bhp hybrid model with a turbocharged and supercharged two-litre petrol engine aided by an electric motor will also be available.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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