We now have our first official look at the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90, albeit only from the inside. Volvo started its official launch campaign for the new XC90 today by revealing the SUV's interior, and the automaker promises to release more information in the lead up to the full reveal in August.
The original XC90 was launched in 2002, and it revolutionized the SUV segment with its combination of space, versatility and safety. Volvo is keen to repeat that success, and from what we’ve seen the automaker may just pull it off.
The new interior is the most luxurious to have been designed by the Swedish automaker and takes advantage of Sweden's reputation for functional and elegant design and combines this with the latest technology. The most striking feature is a tablet-like touchscreen display in the center of the dash, which forms the heart of Volvo’s next-generation infotainment system and was first previewed in last year’s Concept Coupe. The system is virtually button free and not only controls vehicle functions but also a range of internet-based products and services.
Then there are all the luxurious touches such as soft leather and wood, plus handcrafted details including a gear-lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glass maker. Another special touch is the diamond-cut controls for the engine starter button and volume control. It should come as little surprise that Volvo’s interior design chief, Robin Page, is a former Bentley man.
Finally, the new XC90 features specially designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers both in the second and third rows, helping to make the vehicle a genuine seven-seater. The seats are designed to be comfortable without the need for thick padding and they have been ergonomically shaped to better fit the spine. All seven seats feature three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners, and all the seat rows are covered by curtain airbags in a side impact or rollover situation.
In July, Volvo will reveal technology highlights of the new XC90, including chassis and powertrain details. Later that same month we’ll get the full details on the vehicle’s safety features and air purification technology (a must for customers in China, the home of Volvo’s parent company Geely), before the final reveal of the exterior in August. In the meantime, hit our spy shots report for additional photos and info.
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