The all-new Volvo XC90 launched today with the official reveal of the vehicle’s interior leading up to the full vehicle reveal this August.
The new design is intended to be simple and functional in a very Scandinavian fashion and if the images they’ve released are any indication, quite a luxurious space. There’s Nappa leather, Birch wood, diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume, and even a gear-lever made of crystal from Swedish glass maker Orrefors.
This is the first vehicle to use Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which expands design possibilities to improve the driving experience, incorporate the latest in safety and technology, and increase space. They’ve set the lofty goal of designing Volvo’s so that by 2020 “no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.”
That enhanced tech is immediately noticeable in the tablet-sized touch screen on the control console. It makes the Volvo XC90 nearly virtually button free as it allows drivers to control the features of the car and access the internet.
The seats have been completely redesigned and are available with power features including adjustable side bolsters, seat cushion extension, multi-directional lumbar support and adjustable headrests. Three seat position settings can be stored in memory and there will also be optional ventilation and massage functions.
As for the SUV’s passenger capabilities, there will be a second row bench seat with room for three in individually adjustable seats that will also slide backward or forward to offer more space for those in the third row. The seats in that third row are set to offer a comfortable space for those up to 5’7” with room for feet under the second row seats. Volvo also says ingress and egress has received special attention to make that third row actually accessible.
It’s all finished off with four-zone climate control. There are individual controls for front and second row passengers with optional third row air conditioning available.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.