The 2015 Volvo XC90 crossover is a hugely important product for the brand. It not only debuts Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), but also takes Volvo into a new styling direction both inside and out. Volvo has now revealed the 2015 XC90’s interior, which looks plush and luxurious and will be one of the first production applications of Apple’s CarPlay technology.
Volvo touts the numerous high-end materials that adorn the XC90’s cockpit, which include Nappa leather seats, dark-flame birch wood trim, and a gear shifter made from Orrefors glass crystal. The interior definitely looks special in these photos, with crafted details like intricate stitching, real wood grain, and sharp-looking buttons and knobs throughout.
The 2015 Volvo XC90’s dashboard layout is a pretty radical departure from current Volvo interiors, as it centers around a large, tablet-like screen that will power Volvo’s new infotainment system. This system will be one of the first production applications of Apple’s new CarPlay smartphone integration capability that can essentially serve as an expanded display for Apple iPhones and iPads, showing the devices' software on the car's touchscreen.
Like the outgoing Volvo XC90 that has been around since 2003, the 2015 XC90 remains a seven-seat crossover to compete with the likes of the Acura MDX and Audi Q7. These photos show the same seating layout as before, with a three-across middle bench and two third-row seats; Volvo says that the new XC90 has more interior space than before. There also appears to be a large panoramic glass roof that stretches over the first two rows, and the rear seats will presumably flip and fold to create a flat load floor. We can only hope that the new seat design in the XC90 upholds Volvo’s stellar reputation for seat comfort.
When Volvo eventually shows the exterior of the 2015 XC90 in August, expect to see similar lines to the Volvo Concept XC Coupe that premiered at this year’s Detroit auto show. Spy shots indicate that the new XC90 will have swept-back headlights flanking a prominent rectangular grille, with a rising beltline along the sides that leads to a slightly rounded rear liftgate. Along with its two Drive-E forced-induction four-cylinder engines, the 2015 Volvo XC90 will feature some new active safety features from Volvo, like steering assist for the adaptive cruise control, an updated pedestrian detection system, and a system that monitors where the car is in relation to the edges of the road.
Production of the 2015 Volvo XC90 crossover will begin later this year, so expect to see more information trickle out during the summer in anticipation for the full reveal at the end of August.