Volvo refreshes XC90 with more safety

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Words: Nile Bijoux
22 Feb 2019

It doesn’t really feel like it but Volvo’s XC90 has been on the market since 2014. That means it’s due for an update, though most changes are under the skin.

The new XC90 will feature the latest Volvo safety tech, including the ‘City Safety with Autobrake’ system. It’s the only one of its sort on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals they tell us. The Oncoming Lane Mitigation system first introduced on the XC60 is now also available on XC90, while the Cross Traffic Alert technology now also offers automatic braking.

“The refreshed XC90 will offer Volvo’s most advanced suite of safety and user interface technology, while the versatility it has become renowned for will continue to be a perfect fit for the lifestyle of New Zealand customers,” Volvo’s New Zealand general manager Coby Duggan said.

External changes for the 2020 XC90 includes a selection of new wheels, exterior colours as well as new interior materials. This includes a woolblend upholstery, offering further options for personalisation.

“If you compare the XC90 we launched in 2014 with the one of today, you will notice that we have made only smaller exterior adjustments and improvements to this winning recipe,” said Alexander Petrofski, head of the 90 Series vehicles at Volvo Cars. “But inside and under the hood, our refreshed XC90 is the most advanced car we have ever sold.”

Volvo will launch the new XC90 during the third quarter of 2019 with pricing to be revealed closer to then.

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