Volvo teases next-generation 2015 XC90 SUV


Volvo is working on an all new architecture, known as the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). This architecture will underpin a range of Volvo car and SUV models of the future. The first Volvo to roll out under the new architecture will be the XC90 SUV, whose next generation version could debut in late 2014.

The 2014 Volvo XC90 was teased at a recent media presentation at Sweden, where the Swedish car maker showcased certain details of the SUV during the course of the presentation, alongside the unveil of the Concept Coupe. The design details from the 2015 Volvo XC90, including the elements found on the headlamps and tail lamps, could make it other Volvo cars in the coming years.

In that light, the new XC90 represents the new family face of the Swedish car brand, now owned by Chinese automaker Geely. Notably, the 2015 XC90 is the first car that Volvo has co-developed with Geely. The XC90 revealed during the presentation also showcases a new infotainment system that is expected to be adapted onto other Volvo car models.

Apart from using the new SPA platform, the Volvo XC90 will also use the Swedish car maker's new range of Drive-E engines (also known as Volvo Engine Architecture), that are available in both turbo petrol and turbo diesel guises. Notably, Volvo wants to shift to more efficient 4 cylinder engines, from the V8s that it currently uses on many of its top-end car models.

Also, the Drive-E range of turbo diesel engines feature the i-ART injection technology, which Volvo claims is the next step for common rail turbo diesel technology. The i-ART technology monitors injection pressure on each injector, allowing better fuel metering and higher injection pressures. 

8 speed automatic gearboxes will replace the 6 speed units on the newer crop of Volvo cars underpinned by the SPA platform. The SUV will also be bring on-road Volvo's latest safety technologies. Considering the fact that Volvo sells the XC90 in India as its flagship SUV offering, the new model is likely to be launched here sometime in 2015. 

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