Currently, Volvo is working on a new version of the popular XC90 SUV. According to the reports, the Gothenburg-based automaker will discard the diesel engine and deliver a couple of significant improvements as well. 2021 Volvo XC90 comes with the slightly altered exterior, on the Scalable Product Architecture platform, also known as SPA2.
Furthermore, the whole vehicle’s construction is much lighter, and the chassis is designed entirely for the electric motors. As a result, the company will develop more petrol hybrids as well as electric motors in the future. Besides, Volvo will make some refinements before shut-downs the production of the 2nd-generation XC90.
The first of these improvements, we will see next year, with the mid-cycle refreshment. However, the changes won’t be so drastic, just necessary touch-ups to stay competitive in the rapidly growing market.
2021 Volvo XC90 delivers elegant exterior while carrying an excellent feeling of purpose and strength. For example, the first thing you notice will be the T-shaped LED running lights, called ‘Thor’s Hammer.’ Also, a prominent grille with a large Volvo emblem will give this vehicle a more recognizable appearance. On the backside, you’ll see a long and round taillights, that add to the overall elegance. Moreover, the 2021 version will upgrade the wheels, so the 19-inch comes as standard. Of course, you can choose the additional 20- to 21 -inch wheels.
On top of that, brand-new 22-inch wheels and exclusive summer performance tires are available with R-Design trim. The XC90 comes with a 3-row/7-passenger configuration. The customers can choose the 2nd-row captain’s chair, but that will reduce the total seat count down to six. The cabin offers smooth and modern design, but can’t help to notice that it is still pretty much centered around Swedish minimalism. The 9-inch vertical screen reminds us of a similar display from Tesla models.
The base model comes equipped with active safety features like lane-keeping aid, blind-spot monitoring, and drive-assistance features. Also, leather upholstery is available, and 10-way-power operation functions for each row. The standard infotainment system bundles Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity, 10-speaker/220-watt sound system, and a 9-inch touchscreen.
2021 Volvo XC90 EV
The Swedish automaker already introduced the plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 ( T8AWD system). However, the company’s officials confirmed that they are developing a new step to extend the EV fleet. So, the 2021 Volvo XC90 could get the first-ever all-electric version. But, we couldn’t get more info if the XC90 is chosen one since the company plans to electrify even bigger models within the same segment.
At the moment, the PHEV model can travel up to 17 miles. We believe that the all-electric model will be able to challenge Tesla Model X and achieve a similar driving range. In the same manner, the base version of all-electric XC90 will probably travel up to 200 miles. Also, Volvo will try to develop an EV that accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
Level 4 Autonomous Drive
Besides the electrification process, the upcoming 2021 Volvo XC90 will add the fourth level of autonomous driving technology. This upgrade will allow vehicles to accelerate, steer, and brake on their own. The company claims that upgrading to the newest versions of the autonomous drive will be one of the main goals in the future.
2021 XC90 won’t include the diesel engine for the US market. Instead, there will be two petrol powertrains and one plug-in hybrid system. But, outside the States, Volvo will offer vehicles with diesel mills at least until the new model arrives. After then, the company will focus more on the electrification process.
2021 Volvo XC90 US Specs
Although the electric SUVs are practically on the production line, Volvo will keep their existing traditional engine configuration for a while. The production of all-electric cars is costly, but no one can guarantee that the company will have success with EVs. So, for the US market Volvo delivers familiar T5 and T6 setups.
The T5 system is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit connected to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, FWD, and start/stop feature for the drivetrain. This system produces 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. If we compare this output with the power of the similar mid-size premium model, XC90 has a significant advantage. But, the fuel economy is far behind class ratings. 2021 Volvo XC90 returns 25 mpg combined. Also, the all-wheel-drive will be available, but it will consume even more fuel.
T6 and T8 Powertrains
The current participants in the mid-size luxury SUV class bring exceptional outputs. For example, Lexus RX makes 290 hp, Acura MDX 321 hp, to mention few. So, to equally compete with these model 2021 Volvo XC90 will use the T6 engine. This supercharged unit is good for 315 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The estimated fuel economy for the T6 engine is 18/26 mpg city/highway.
Furthermore, XC90 will use a T8 plug-in hybrid setup, as well. Once again, the same 2.0-liter engine is the base of this configuration. The main difference is that the T8 upgrades the T6 configuration with an electric motor. Currently, the T8 produces 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, with 17 miles of electric-only driving range. The T8 setup returns 58 MPGe combined.
Release Date and Price
At the moment, XC90 is the company’s biggest SUV. However, Volvo is considering to produce a full-size model as well, that will compete with vehicles like Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and Lexus LX.
Still, the price of the upcoming mid-size luxury crossover SUV is unknown. However, taking into account that the base 2020 version cost around $49,000, we assume that the 2021 Volvo XC90 will come with a starting price of $50K. The release date is scheduled for the end of 2020.