The 2020 Volvo XC90 Comes in for a Subtle Update

The 2020 Volvo XC90 Comes in for a Subtle Update

The 2020 Volvo XC90 Comes in for a Subtle Update

Volvo XC90 SUV marked the start of a new era for the Swedish automaker.

Volvo has not been shy about its aspiration to electrify its entire lineup within the next few years, and it's taking another step toward that goal with the release of a refreshed SUV and a new line of B-badged mild hybrids.

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. The interior design remains largely the same, although buyers can now opt for a version with six seats instead of the standard seven.

An upgraded version of the smaller capacity T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid is also combined with the new battery and brake-by wire-technology. There are also new materials present onboard, including a wool blend.

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Globally, Volvo is introducing a new mild hybrid powertrain on the XC90.

These mild hybrids for the first time offer customers Volvo's advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new "B" badge. The range of the T8 powertrain has increased by around 15% and this powertrain is available on all 90 and 60 Series cars.

On our shores, Volvo will continue to offer the current T5 and T6 powertrains, which involve a 250-hp turbocharged (T5) and a 316-hp turbo- and supercharged (T6) 2.0-liter four-cylinder. These include 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines that are now tuned to make 250 hp and 316 hp respectfully. The T8 hybrid's battery pack grows from 10.4 to 11.6 kwh, which may boost its electric range.

The 2020 Volvo XC90 set to make its public debut at next month's 2019 Geneva Motor Show doesn't deviate much from the current model, but it gains some worthwhile tech and adds second-row captain's chairs to its roster of options.

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