Volvo has revealed its new XC90, which features a subtle facelift and a clever new mild-hybrid system.
A new grille, fresh alloy wheel designs and a handful of new paint colours comprise the entirety of the XC90’s visual updates, but the major changes are found under the skin.
Buried deep in the engine bay is an electrical system that harvests energy normally lost while braking. It then uses this power to assist the internal combustion engine when pulling away.
The system, which is described by Volvo as “the next step” in its “ambitious electrification strategy”, offers fuel savings of 15 percent.
Volvo has not yet confirmed all the engines for the new model, but the company says the new units, which will be denoted by ‘B’ badging, will complement the existing T8 plug-in hybrid.
And that’s not the only technology the new XC90 will bring to the party. In the cabin, Volvo is promising a range of safety gizmos, as well as new smartphone connectivity systems.
The Apple CarPlay system has been a feature of Volvo multimedia systems for some time, but the new XC90 is the first car to boast the Google equivalent – Android Auto.
More relevant to Volvo’s reputation as one of the world’s safest car brands, however, are the on-board safety gadgets.
The XC90 brings a handful of new developments, including a blind-spot monitoring system that steers away if the driver attempts to move across while another vehicle is in the blind spot over his or her shoulder. And Volvo has also created a system that automatically brakes if the car detects traffic coming from the sides while reversing.