The 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV will be the first Volvo to follow the stylish design direction of the well-received Volvo Concept XC Coupe, and our spy photographer caught a camouflaged version of this luxury crossover testing on ice. Although this prototype is heavily disguised, we can see that the XC90 will have a similar greenhouse as the current car, with a longer hood and a curvier rear end to up its style quotient.
The longer front end of the new Volvo XC90 looks to mirror the swept-back headlights and prominent rectangular grille of the Concept XC Coupe. Moving along the side, the beltline rises toward the rear and tapers toward the slightly rounded roofline. Each of the pillars looks relatively thin, which should make for good outward visibility, and the tailgate has a less-aggressive slope than the smaller Volvo XC60 to accommodate the third row of seats. We expect the Volvo XC90 to retain the brand’s traditional vertical taillights, and the lower taillight area that’s visible in these photos seems to retain the broad rear hips from the Concept XC Coupe.
We already know a fair bit of information about the 2015 Volvo XC90, as Volvo previously announced that this SUV will ride on the company’s new modular platform, called SPA. This platform will go on to underpin many other future Volvos, and it is designed to accommodate the new Drive-E family of turbo- and supercharged powertrains. This means we should see two four-cylinder engines among the XC90’s powertrain options. The first would be the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and another possibility would be the same 2.0-liter engine that’s turbocharged and supercharged to make 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s also likely that Volvo will offer at least one XC90 variant with one of its existing turbocharged five- and six-cylinder engines.
Volvo also plans to offer a full suite of active safety technologies on the 2015 XC90, including a steering assist function for the adaptive cruise control, a system that monitors the edges of the road, and an updated pedestrian detection system that can identify pedestrians and cyclists in the dark. These features go towards Volvo’s goal of having no fatalities in any new Volvo by 2020.
We expect the 2015 Volvo XC90 to debut later this year, possibly at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show in November before it goes on sale in spring 2015.