Volvo XC90 will be the world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV

  • All-new Volvo XC90 will be the world’s most powerful and cleanest SUV
  • All-wheel drive, seven seats and ultra-low emissions of around 60g/km
  • Up to 290 kW and 630 Nm
  • All-new Volvo-developed Twin Engine technology


Volvo Car’s all-new XC90 SUV will offer an unrivalled combination of power and efficiency when it is revealed later this year. The AWD seven-seater offers drivers up to 290 kW with C02 emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle).

The all-new Volvo XC90 is the first SUV to offer so much power with such a low emissions rate.


There are no compromises when you drive the all-new Volvo XC90,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “In the past you could either have power or low C02 emissions. But with the all-new Volvo XC90 you can have both.”

The all-new Volvo XC90 range offers a selection of Drive-E engine options, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency. The main distinguishing feature of the Drive-E engine range is that all variants are four-cylinder engines – focus is on output and efficiency rather than number of cylinders.

“With our new Drive-E powertrains, we have created a family of intelligent petrol and diesel engines with power curves that give exciting driveability at the same time as delivering world-class fuel economy,” adds Mertens. “Even with seven people seated in the all-new Volvo XC90, the C02 emissions per person and kilometre are outstandingly low.”

The C02 performance of the all-new Volvo XC90 will reinforce Volvo Car’s leadership when it comes to bringing more environmentally-sound technologies to market. According to figures monitored by the European Car Industry Association (ACEA), Volvo Car Group delivered an industry-leading reduction in average fleet emissions between 2012 and 2013 – an overall reduction of 8,4 percent.

Volvo has made it possible for a four-cylinder engine to provide all the driving pleasure associated with a much larger engine, whilst delivering record-breaking C02 figures. Volvo’s ingenious Drive-E engines systematically replace all other powertrains in the Volvo range.


Twin Engine technology

Volvo Cars will also debut its Twin Engine badge with the all-new Volvo XC90. ‘Twin Engine’ refers to all ‘combination’ powertrains in the Volvo stable.

In the all-new Volvo XC90, the top-of-the-range Twin Engine will carry the badge ‘T8’ and be a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one.

With Volvo Twin Engine, normal driving is conducted in the default hybrid mode. This utilises a two-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E petrol engine that powers the front wheels while a 60 kW electric motor drives the rear wheels.

The supercharger fills in the bottom end of the power range to give the engine a big, naturally-aspirated feel, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The electric motor on the rear wheels provides instant torque.

At the push of a button, however, the driver can switch to quiet and emission-free city driving on pure electric power. The pure electric range on the all-new Volvo XC90 T8 is approximately 40 kilometres, and the driver can immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor – with its combined output of around 290kW and 630 Nm of torque – whenever necessary.

The all-new Volvo XC90 will be available in T8 in South Africa – more details will follow closer to the local launch next year.

ot only is there no compromise in terms of performance or efficiency, but Volvo Car’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) chassis technology also allows for far more flexibility inside the car. Other carmakers have struggled to combine the bulk of a battery pack with a luxurious and spacious interior, something that Volvo has managed to overcome.

“Since our new SPA technology is designed from the start to accommodate electrification technologies, the Twin Engine installation does not compromise luggage or passenger space,” says Mertens.


Full range of other engine options

The all-new Volvo XC90 range also includes the D5 twin turbo diesel engine with approximately 165kW, 470 Nm, and best-in-class fuel consumption of around 6l/100 km, as well as the D4 turbo diesel engine that delivers around 140kW, 400 Nm and a fuel consumption of around 5l/100 km.

The range offers two petrol engine options: the first is a T6 turbo engine with supercharger and turbo providing 235 kW and 400 Nm, and the second is a T5 that delivers approximately 187 kW and 350 Nm.

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