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Volvo XC90 receives make over in Mzansi

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Volvo Cars has confirmed a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90, the company’s top-of-the-line flagship SUV, spearheading Mzansi markets in luxury, style and comfort.

On the outside, the refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original award-winning exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a modern new grill, among other details. R Design is still offered for a more dynamic look with similar dynamic design wheels. The unique Thor’s Hammer headlights in full LED are retained.

On the inside, the award-winning interior design remains in place, but perhaps the most noticeable addition is the fact that it can be ordered with a range of different seating configurations. From the four-seat Excellence variant and the seven-seat family SUV to the brand new six-seat configuration, the XC90 is available with any number of seats that best fits people’s preferences and lifestyles. New interior materials including a wool blend offer further options for personalisation. The XC90 Sensus infotainment system has gone through multiple updates and is now also compatible with Android Auto.

Power is afforded by a range of 2.0litre powertrains across the range. the line-up consists of a turbocharged diesel engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 D5 Geartronic AWD delivers 173kW and 480Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 5,7l/100km. Next in line is the XC90 T5 AWD that has been equipped with a 187kW/350Nm petrol engine that delivers. claimed fuel consumption figure of 7,6l/100km. The supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine equipped to the Volvo XC90 T6 Geartronic AWD delivers 235kW and 400Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is claimed at 8,0l/100km. Topping off the range is the Volvo XC90 T8 Geartronic AWD that benefits from a 300kW (235 kW + 65 kW) petrol engine that is also supercharged and turbocharged. It works in conjunction with an electric motor as well. Fuel consumption has been confirmed at an unusually low 2,1l/100km with emissions sitting at low 49g/km.

In terms of active safety technology, the XC90 now offers drivers help with steering on both the City Safety and the Blind Spot Information System. City Safety with Autobrake is still the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. The Oncoming Lane Mitigation system first introduced on the XC60 is now also available on XC90, while the Cross Traffic Alert technology now also offers autobrake. All this, together with the safety cage that forms the core of the passive safety technology, makes the XC90 one of the safest cars on the road and underlines Volvo Cars’ unwavering commitment to developing the safest cars possible.

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