Volvo reveals new XC90 – bit by bit

Full unveiling of Volvo's new flagship utility vehicle won't happen until August

Published: May 27, 2014, 2:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:37 PM

2015 Volvo XC90 - Interior

Volvo has been dribbling out clues about its next-generation XC90 flagship utility vehicles for months, without revealing the whole car, which we won't see until August.

Most recent is the disclosure of features from the new vehicle's interior, which is said to be the most luxurious ever designed for a Volvo.

The company says it takes its inspiration from Sweden itself, a country with a global reputation for intuitive technology and design that is clean, beautiful and crafted from the finest materials.

The new XC90’s interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear-lever made of crystal glass from Swedish glass maker Orrefors and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

"The most striking feature is a tablet-like touchscreen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system," said Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice-president design of Volvo Cars.

The system is virtually button-free, relying solely on touch controls for drivers to control most functions of their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services.

"Our new interior architecture is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect," said Peter Mertens, senior vice-president research and development of Volvo Cars.

The XC90 is the first Volvo to use the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which is said to create a wider range of design possibilities and improve driveability, while enabling inclusion of the latest safety features and connected in-car technologies and increasing interior space.

Volvo plans to release information about the XC90's technology highlights, including chassis and powertrains in mid-July, followed by safety details in late July/early August, continuing throughout the summer until the exterior launch at the end of August.