Volvo XC90 News

Volvo launched the premium 4x4 market with its XC90 model back in 2002, and the details of the second generation are expected to be confirmed at some point in the future.  Volvo has previously released teaser sketches of the next generation Volvo XC90, which is expected to be in pipeline for 2014, and rumours abound that the next generation of Volvo XC90 will also include hybrid-powered variants in addition to the traditional petrol and diesel power.  There are also strong rumours that, as part of a downsizing plan for its conventional engines, the six-cylinder power units will be ditched entirely in favour of more powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines.  The Swedish manufacturer has remained coy about its plans for the next generation of the XC90, but confirmation should come closer to the launch date when the rumours will finally be proved or disproved.

Volvo Cars was bought by Ford in 1999, who sold it on to the Chinese conglomerate Geely in 2010.  Geely launched its first SUV on the domestic Chinese market at the 2011 Beijing Motor Show, but also announced plans to use the Volvo XC90 as the basis to increase its line-up in its home country.  The announcement did not go into detail as to whether Geely will use the current Volvo XC90 as a platform for a new design, or whether it intends to simply re-badge the XC90 for the Chinese market.

Back in the UK, Volvo announced refinements to both the interior and exterior of the XC90 in September 2011 in an effort to build on strong sale in 2010, which was the XC90’s most successful year to date.  UK sales figures for the XC90 grew to almost 7,000 units in 2010, which was the model’s best year in the UK since its launch, and sold over 37,000 units worldwide in the same period.  The enhancements announced in September 2011 included a new LED day running light in the lower bumper, a redesigned silver metallic bumper bar, and silver roof rails as standard across the range, as well as a new colour-coordinated lower door moulding.  New six-spoke, 18-inch wheels were also announced, while inside the XC90 was given a more luxurious interior with three-spoke steering wheel, aluminium décor as standard and the watch dial-inspired instrument design with white lighting.