Volvo XC90 a feature at the Melbourne Motorshow
Australian specifications and equipment for the Volvo XC90 have been finalised in time for the Melbourne Motor Show, where the car will make its Melbourne debut. There will be two variants for Australia, the five cylinder XC90 2.5T and the six cylinder, twin turbo XC90 T6. Both are turbo charged and both are all wheel drive.
The XC90 made its Australian debut at the Sydney International Motor Show in October 2002. The vehicle will make its first appearance in Melbourne as a feature of the Volvo stand at the Melbourne International Motor Show and will arrive in local Volvo showrooms in the third quarter of 2003.
In the short period of time since its international release, the Volvo XC90 has won some 20 international motoring awards. These include:
- Britain's WHAT CAR? magazine Car of the Year
- North American Truck of the Year, as judged by a jury of 49 North American automotive journalists.
- SUV of the Year, Motor Trend magazine in America
- World's most Stylish Multifunctional Vehicle, Automobilia magazine in Italy
- Best New Sport Utility Vehicle over $45,000, Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
- Winner of UK AUTOCAR's 4x4 Mega Test, including off-road offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Land Rover and Mitsubishi, AUTOCAR magazine.
- 4WD of the Year, Car & Driver magazine in Spain
The Volvo XC90 2.5T is powered by an inline 5 cylinder 2.5 litre petrol engine with a light pressure turbocharger. The premier model, the XC90 T6, features an inline 6 cylinder 2.9 litre petrol engine with twin turbochargers.
XC90 will be priced and specified very competitively against the opposition in its market. The 2.5T will come in at $69,950. The T6 arrives at $82,950.
Volvo Car Australia Managing Director, Alwin Popken believes the XC90's specifications and pricing strategy is aggressive by market standards. "The pricing on the XC90 is very competitive, and the retail prices have undercut our earlier estimates by several thousand dollars."
"The car also contains a long features list. This means the XC90 gives the customer real value. Overseas the vehicle has proved to be very popular, and the numerous awards it has received attest to this. We believe that the combination of pricing and specification strategies, as well as the fact that it is a genuinely good vehicle, will place the XC90 at the top of its market."
Optional on the XC90 range is a third row of forward facing seats (a unique feature in this market), converting the vehicle into a 7 seater. Former Chief Designer at Volvo Cars, and now head of design for PAG, Peter Horbury, describes the XC90's advanced forward passenger compartment as "cockpit forward design". This facilitates a spacious cabin and allows for sufficient room for the third row, despite the compact overall dimensions (the XC90 is 4798 mm long, just 88 mm longer than a Volvo V70). To ensure safety for the third row of passengers, the inflatable curtain is extended to accommodate the extra occupants. An auxiliary air conditioning unit and C pillar ventilation are added for the comfort of the occupants in the rear seats.
The optional third row of seats is a $5,100 option across the XC90 range.
The new 40/20/40 split folding rear seats allow for more versatile seating and storage capacities than a 60/40 set-up. These benefits are standard in both 5 seat and 7 seat configurations. For example, folding down the centre seat will allow items to be placed down the centre of the vehicle. This will allow an adult to sit either side of the objects without a loss of personal space. In the 7 seat configuration, each of the three seats in the second row can slide forward.
Volvo continues as a leader in safety features with the XC90. The Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS) entails two aspects. The active stability enhancing system, Roll Stability Control (RSC) uses a gyro sensor to register and instantly calculate the vehicle's roll-over risk. The Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) anti skid system helps to reduce the risk of roll-over accidents by reducing engine power and braking one or more wheels as necessary.
If a roll over occurs, the passive safety system intervenes to protect occupants. Special Boron steel roof reinforcements reduce the risk of the car's interior coming into contact with occupants' heads and the Inflatable Curtain (IC) adds to protection.
The rear suspension is completely insulated and of a multi link type, with the dampers and springs attached directly to the sub frame. This contributes to reducing road and transmission noise, largely filtered out before it reaches the bodywork.
The front suspension is of MacPherson type and along with the new ZF steering gear, promotes increased precision and sharp responses.
The electronic Haldex all wheel drive system operates entirely independently of driver inputs. This in itself is an important safety feature and distributes power automatically between front and rear wheels for the best possible grip on all types of road surface, and in varying weather conditions.
As a core value at Volvo Cars, environmental care takes an important role in the XC90, and this vehicle is the leader in its class for both fuel economy and emissions. The T6 engine meets American ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) requirements, and the 2.5T already meets ULEV II standards, in force by 2004.
The XC90 offers the latest in automotive audio equipment, with the launch of Dolby Prologic II in a car audio system. This system is standard on the T6, and is a world first. The Audio Premium Sound System, when fitted, means that rear-seat passengers can have access to their own audio control unit, conveniently located in the C post. Here, headphones can be plugged in and a separate audio source accessed.
Globally, the order bank has exceeded some 15,000 orders. Australians have already placed in excess of 150 orders. The XC90 goes on sale in Australia during the third quarter of 2003.
The XC90 and the Volvo range will be featured on the stand at the Melbourne Motor Show. Visitors to the show can view the S40 2.0T, S60 T5 and S80 T6, the V40 2.0 SE, the V70 2.4 SE, the XC70 and the C70 Convertible. The forthcoming S60 R performance sedan will also be unveiled to the Australian public.