The XC90 has been one of the longest running cars in production with the previous generation being in production for more than twelve full years. However, the car has been finally been discontinued back in 2014 and a new model is going to take its place. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is a new model designed from ground up by the Swedish car company in order to be the perfect alternative to all the German full size SUVs that are currently on the market. The new model of this luxury SUV is bigger, more subtle and a lot more powerful than the previous generation which is always a good thing. With new platform that the new Volvo XC90 2016 is built on it comes with less weight and better handling.
2016 Volvo XC90 redesign
On the interior the best word to describe the new 2016 Volvo XC90 is subtle. While the car is luxurious and has a very upmarket interior, everything is minimalistic. On the center console there is only a single 9 inch screen which acts as the center of the car, allowing the driver to control everything from the satellite navigation all the way to the automatic air conditioning system of the car. On the exterior the new luxury SUV is more of the same with a very unassuming look with LED headlights and a big front grille similar to those of the cars back in the day.
Volvo XC90 2016 specs
In terms of engines, the new Volvo XC90 2016 is only available with a single 2.0-liter inline 4 engine which may seem insufficient for a 4,500 pounds heavy car. However, this engine is not only turbocharged but also supercharged in order to deliver up to 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes with an 8-speed automatic and a standard all-wheel-drive system which is perfectly fine but not really fuel efficient. As an option there is also a 2016 Volvo XC90 hybrid which bumps the power of this engine up to 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque resulting in no turbo-lag and a much better fuel economy at nearly 30 MPG on average.
2016 Volvo XC90 changes and price
However, despite the bigger size of the car, the new Volvo XC90 2016 is actually quite a bit lighter than before thanks to its new modular platform which has been in development since the Ford ownership. There are a few drawback to it and the most obvious is the leaf-spring setup in the back for the base model which may seem ancient at this point. Luckily though, for only around $1,900 there is a full air suspension system which has an auto-leveling mode that will keep the car in check even when fully loaded. The 2016 Volvo XC90 price for the base model has been set at $50,000 which is actually more than some of its German competitors while a fully loaded hybrid can go more than $70,000 which is a bit much for a seven passenger luxury SUV.