2015 Volvo XC90 spy shots
The long gestation for the new 2015 XC90 is due to Volvo finally ditching the last remnants of its previous tie-up with Ford and developing its own modular platform to spawn its future lineup. This new platform, dubbed the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), will debut in the new XC90 and will ultimately underpin every Volvo sized from the S60 up.
The SPA platform enables significant improvements when it comes to boosting safety, which Volvo is keen to maintain its leadership in. The structure has been made strong using high-strength materials and a myriad of sensors will help prevent accidents through active braking and steering.
All models based around the SPA platform, including the new XC90, will be powered by four-cylinder engines grouped in Volvo’s Drive-E family. Volvo will use turbocharging and direct fuel injection to get performance numbers up, and a plug-in hybrid model with as much as 400 horsepower is also in the works. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard, along with all-wheel drive.
As the spy shots reveal, the new XC90 will get a fairly convention SUV shape. Heavy camouflage masks the details but Volvo’s recent Concept Coupe and Concept XC Coupe hint at what’s to come. In addition, Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath recently gave a sneak peek at the new SUV; look for a chiseled body, T-shaped daytime running lights and vertical tail-lamps.
Inside, expect digital gauges, a head-up display and a large touchscreen display sitting center on one of Volvo’s signature ‘floating’ center sticks. There will still be buttons and knobs for frequently used functions.
A debut for the 2015 Volvo XC90 is likely to take place at either the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October or the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Stay tuned for updates as development progresses.