What is Going to Change for the New 2018 Volvo XC90

This full-size luxury crossover from Volvo was first introduced back in 2002, and it has gone on to be a multi-award winning vehicle; Motor Trend’s 2003 SUV of the Year, Motor Trend’s 2016 SUV of the Year, Yahoo Autos 2016 Tech Ride of the Year, Yahoo Autos 2016 Ride of the Year, 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year, 2015 Best AWD SUV – Australia’s Best Cars and 2016 South African Car of the Year.

This is perhaps one of (if not THE) most popular crossover SUV’s ever produced. It seems that everyone just loves it and wants to own one, it really is that popular.

The King of the Volvo’s had a complete remake for 2016, this should mean that Volvo aren’t planning on upgrading much for 2018, although we’d guess that they will maximize their efforts on the fitted equipment and some minor detail changes with the styling.

In cases like this, where we are in a mid-production cycle, the manufacturer usually updates the front grille, lights and maybe bumpers. We know that Volvo won’t be changing the style of the headlights – the ‘Thor Hammer’ style is part of Volvo’s corporate image now, but they may change the grille around a little.

Built-in safety with the 2018 Volvo XC90

Volvo are known for their safety record, and it wasn’t that long ago that they stated that they aim to have no deaths to any occupants of a Volvo by 2020, that would be quite an achievement if they can pull it off.

With this in mind, Volvo are equipping the 2018 XC90 with just about everything they can find, it will have: LED headlights, sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, premium upholstery, power adjustable front seats, vertically mounted center screen infotainment system, navigation, smartphone integration, voice commands, ten speaker audio system, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, auto emergency braking, lane departure intervention, surround view system, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts.
That’s an impressive equipment list.

Built on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as the existing model and the XC60, the styling will retain the signature ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights and front grille. It’s thought that the XC90 styling and interior will be used to influence the styling on all future models further down the range, like the XC60 – it will become a design theme for all models.

The XC90 from Volvo – Will 2018 see any major differences?

While no official word has been had regarding the engine choices, we believe that Volvo will stick with the current options, but perhaps with a few minor tweaks.

This should mean that we get a choice of turbo or super charging, all mounted on a 4-cylinder engine; the entry level T5 model is a 2.0 liter turbo 4-cylinder with 250 BHP and 258 lb/ft of torque, while the T6 will have turbo and super charging, around 315 BHP and then the hybrid.

The hybrid T8 is a plug-in hybrid using technology that was first used in the V60 PHEV. Volvo are adamant that no cargo or passenger space has been sacrificed for the plug-in tech, but the fuel tank has been reduced to just 50 liters and there is no spare tire, so you’d better hope that you don’t get a flat.

While the T8 is capable of driving purely on all-electric power, the range is pretty poor to be honest – Volvo claim a range of 27 miles but the EPA managed to find just 13 on average.

All motors are coupled to an 8-speed auto transmission, and front wheel drive is standard, while of course there will be a full four-wheel drive option.

Late 2017

Industry insiders tell us that Volvo won’t be releasing anything before July 2017, and even then, it’s likely to be only a pre-production debut for the model; full-scale production roll-out will happen later in the year; we would think that it will hit the dealers around September of 2017, as a 2018 Model Year, but Volvo haven’t actually confirmed any of that at the moment.

Given that differences between the 2018 and ’18 model are minimal, if you’re in the market for an XC90, you’re probably going to be better off by getting down the local Volvo dealer while they’re shifting old inventory to make way for the newer 2018 model – save yourself a few bucks – there really isn’t that much difference.

Volvo have released no details regarding the pricing for the new model, current prices start around $46,000 for the entry level T5, so expect to see similar for the 2018 model. The 2018 XC90 T8 hybrid will be virtually identical to the current model, so again, we expect prices to reflect that – the current model has a base sticker price of $67,800; Volvo may add a few hundred dollars on to that, but we doubt it would be anything more.

 

2017-03-7 by Luke Widmeyer