Car tester Sascha Knapp describes Geely Automobile's acquisition of the Volvo brand from Ford in 20-10 as a last-minute rescue.
At first, the new ownership constellation did not seem to bode well. But after three years, the Chinese car and motorcycle maker's nearly ten-Bbillion-euro investment program is starting to produce results...like the latest XC90. The updated model introduces a new design vocabulary. Our car tester Tanju Genc inspects the Swedish carmaker's new flagship inside and out.
The distinctive new grille and T-shaped L-E-D daytime running lights give this S-U-V a confident air - a face that in future is to grace all of Volvo's models. The elegant and luxurious package of extras is called 'The Inscription'.
Even with the changes great and small, from the back, the XC90 is unmistakably a Volvo.
Volvo appears to have borrowed a few ideas from electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors. The tablet-style display gives easy access to all the car's options and settings. Along the bottom of the center console is a row of seven buttons and a dial.
A glance at the specs reveals that, even after downsizing from a six to a four-cylinder engine, the Volvo X-C-90's still got plenty of power. The T-6 we tested sends 236 kilowatts to its all-wheel drive, propelling the vehicle's two tons from zero to a hundred kilometers per hour in six and a half seconds.
The T-8 is the top-of-the-line XC90. With just two and a half liters of fuel per hundred kilometers, this beefy S-U-V puts out 294 kilowatts of power, but produces just 59 grams of C-O-2 per kilometer. A touch of class in the interior is the shift lever, made of crystal glass.
The S-U-V meets everyone's needs, looks good and offers the safety features expected of Volvo. And what's Sascha Knapp's impression?
He says the X-C-90 was the best-selling mid-range S-U-V in 20-14, and the new one met all his expectations. All in all, he thinks things are looking up for Volvo.