2012 Volvo XC90 Facelift review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 6 September 2011 , 17:09:37 byEmil

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Volvo XC90 Facelift

The Volvo XC90 Facelift successfully provides a more rewarding driving experience together with more sophisticated materials and lines. It also provides an elegant, muscular and robust impression, reinforced through a large number of details. A new mobile application for an iPhone or an Android smart phone allows the driver to stay in touch with the parked vehicle. The mobile application is an extension of Volvo On Call.
Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at the Volvo Car Corporation, stated that the XC90 boasted the virtues that had made it one of their most successful models ever as it managed to combine comfort and excellent driving with ability and flexibility, adding that the XC90 had been upgraded with features that underlined the large SUV's unique blend of sophisticated elegance and capable ruggedness. He also announced that the creation of intuitive and ergonomically optimized relationship with the car was part of their objective to offer a feeling of relaxed control and the mobile application represented the first step in their connectivity strategy. The front gets more character due to the daytime running lights, while the new tail lamps feature new dual light guides, LED brake lights and a silver turn indicator bulb. The interior has been improved and it comprises a three-spoke steering wheel and seven seats that can be easily folded in order to create a fully flat loading floor. The more exclusive Executive version is now available for the XC90 and offers a large number of refined features that include soft leather seats with ventilation and massage as well as a number of details with a more exclusive finish. A more driver-focused character is ensured by the R-Design version which boasts redesigned upholstery, inlays, door panels and new 19-inch wheels.
Concerning the powertrain, a choice of two turbo diesels is available for the Volvo XC90, the high-performance D5 which produces 200 HP and 420 Nm of torque and the 2.4-liter Front Wheel Drive, five-cylinder D3 which delivers an impressive output of 163 HP and 340 Nm of torque. The corresponding CO2 figures are 219 g/km and 216 g/km respectively, while the fuel consumption is 8.3 l/100 km with the D5 and 8.2 l/100 km with the D3.
A wide range of features are offered to the owners of all new Volvos, beginning with the car locator that shows the car on the map, a remote heater start, a vehicle dashboard that gives the driver access to a wide range of information and the car check which displays information regarding the bulbs, brake fluid level, coolant level, engine oil level and engine oil pressure.