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Volvo XC90 SUV

Check it out, the new Volvo XC90 SUV!

New Volvo XC90 SUV!

HALDEX Electronic AWD System

210 hp DOCH Inline-6

272 hp DOCH Bi-Turbo Inline-6

7-Passenger Forward Seating

70/30 Split Rear Tail Gate

Bi-Xenon Headlights/High Pressure Wash

DVD Navigation System

Roll-Over Protection System

Dolby Pro-Logic Harmon-Kardon Sound System





  • mark189mark189 Posts: 107
    Looks interesting. I wonder how it will match up with the MDX? Offers more hp on the turbo v-6, and side curtain air bags for all three seats. Side impact air bags are an important safety feature. The MDX only offers them in the front row. Do you know if these deploy on impact, or only on rollover?
  • kjookjoo Posts: 27
    It now what i plan on replacing the V70XC with , in our garage..............................................
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    I wouldn't be surprised if this thing competes more in the range of the BMW X5 and Mercedes M class in terms of pricing than it would against an MDX. For that amount of safety, I wouldn't expect it come cheap.
  • agh15agh15 Posts: 90
  • mark189mark189 Posts: 107
    I agree this will be priced higher, maybe much higher than the MDX. That's another reason to like the MDX. I'd also add reliability (based on track record anyway). However, I'll still definitely give it a good look.

    One important thing to keep in mind. Demand is still strong in this category, so we'll probably see many other strong new products.
  • Will the XC90 be available in 2002?
  • The XC90 should be available in late spring as far as I know, and the price in Sweden bases at about $33,900. It will probably start here at about $2,000 more than the MDX and Volvo intends it to compete with the X5 and ML. Some of the info in the first post is wrong. The 210hp engine is a 2.5 liter turbo Inline-5, not an Inline-6. Yes, it does hold 3 rows of seats, Volvo has said so in their press release. This thing is as big as the MDX or bigger.

    Swedespeed has a discussion going on about it right now.

    Swedespeed Forums

  • I like it very, very much. It looks like a roomy version of the X5. Worried about the price, I have a feeling it could get at or above $50K very easily. A Volvo V70XC maxes out at about $44K. Can't wait to see the interior!
  • i'm sold. oh boy.
  • I have been waiting for this moment!

    I have always said when Volvo offers an SUV there will be no other option.

    I am in! I hope I can afford this car. Any official incite on the price?

    There is no link on for this SUV? Are they still hiding it?
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Seeing this vehicle at this year's NA auto show. Maybe it was just the prototype because it wasn't really that big. It's very nice looking, though.
  • spfoteyspfotey Posts: 131
    when will the new volvo be sold? any info on that?
  • If this SUV drives as good as it looks I think Volvo has hit a homerun!!! Does anyone know how much the XC90 will cost??
  • spfoteyspfotey Posts: 131
    according to local dealer, the price will be in the 40-45 range, depending on engine. they have been told to expect the car in the may/june timeframe, but they said they generally add 2-3 months on to that...
  • The XC90 has spiked my interest but I'm worried about the costs associated with Volvo maintenance and warranty coverage. I've heard that it costs alot for standard Volvo maintenance, not to mention bigger repairs and that the warranty is really specific on who can and can't do routine maintenance. Does anyone have any info on this?
  • xmf314xmf314 Posts: 154
    I saw the XC90 at the Los Angeles auto show last week. It is even better looking in the flesh than in photos. Chalk one up for Volvo.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    what the tow rating is? I know all Volvos, except the 40 series, can tow 3300 pounds. I would hope this XC90 would offer more towing than that.

  • skimmelskimmel Posts: 43
    Can you provide any details? I'm specifically interested in how much cargo space there is behind the 3rd row seats.

  • xmf314xmf314 Posts: 154
    The XC90 was rotating on a platform, so even though the tailgate was open I couldn't determine how much cargo space there is.
  • skimmelskimmel Posts: 43
    Thanks for the reply!
  • birgerbirger Posts: 80

    Would this help judging the available luggage space with all three rows occupied?:


    There are some movies available on the European websites [enter via]

    Kind regards,
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    From the brochure.....


    • Electronically Controlled All Wheel Drive
    • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC)
    • Driver and front passenger supplemental restraint system (dual threshold air bags)
    • Side Impact Air Bag for driver and passenger front seat
    • Inflatable Side Curtain (IC)
    • Side Impact Protection System (SIPS)
    • Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS)
    • Moonroof
    • Seat belts: 3-point inertia reel, automatic pretensioners for all seating positions
    • Power driver's seat
    • Premium Audio System including 305W Dolby ProLogic II Digital Surround Sound
    • Rear Sat Entertainment, includes 7" roof mounted monitor and DVD player (retailer installed)
    • Safe Approach and Home Safe Lighting System
    • Security system with siren and battery back-up
    • Two-step remote entry, central power door locks
    • Power/heated rearview mirrors
    • 40/20/40 split rear seat
    • ISO-FIX compliant
    • Integrated Center Booster Cushion
    • 16, 17, or 18 inch alloy wheels
    • Fog lights
    • Front skid plate
    • Roof rails
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Rear seat Audio Outlets with separate radio controls
    • B-pillar ventilation outlets (C-pillar on 7-seat variant)
    • Night Vision
    • Rear wiper/washer


    Front: MacPherson strut, coil springs, hydraulic shock
    absorbers, stabilizer bar
    Rear: Multilink independent with coil springs, hydraulic
    shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

    Power assisted rack and pinion

    Four-wheel power assisted disc brakes
    Four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
    Electronic Brake Assistance (EBA)

    Exterior Dimensions in Inches
    Length: 188.9
    Width: 74.4
    Height: 68.5
    Wheelbase: 112.6
    Track (Front): 64.3
    Track (Back): 63.9
    Turning Circle: 39 feet
    Ground Clearance (Curb): 8.6

    Volvo XC90 T6 (268 bhp)
    Six-cylinder twin-turbo engine producing 268 bhp (200 kW) @ 5200 rpm, torque 280 ft-lbs @ 1800-5000 rpm,
    Available with four-speed Geartronic transmission

    Volvo XC90 2.5T (205 bhp)
    Five-cylinder light-pressure turbo engine producing 208 bhp (154 kW) @ 5000 rpm, torque 236 ft-lbs @ 1500-4500 rpm,
    Available with five-speed Geartronic transmission
  • eman5eman5 Posts: 110
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    I'm guessing it is the same system as in some new Cadillacs.
  • gerry14gerry14 Posts: 12
    See discussion on under xc90 Safety: The Sights are set on Leadership:

    Night Vision uses a heat-sensitive camera that is fitted just below
    the headlamp on the left side, about 70 cm (27.6") above the road
    surface. The camera registers the infra-red radiation that is given
    off by the surroundings, generating a video image whereby warm
    objects such as people and animals are shown as light objects
    against a dark background.
  • Unlike other vehicles that you see in photos and then they appear different in the flesh, the new XC90 looks almost exactly the same in real life. It's pretty good looking (IMO), a little sleeker than the MDX and the X5, it appears a little smaller in stature than the previous 2 even though it is almost exactly the same dimensions as the MDX. There is very limited space behind the 3rd seat, to answer a previous question, but no less than the MDX. The 3rd seat is very cramped (like most in SUV's this size)but with the 3rd seat folded there is more room than the X5 but not as much as the MDX. I spoke to a representative for a while at the XC90 display and he believed that the pricing for a well equipped version will be about $43-45,000 (sticker). He seemed to be very well-versed in all the details of the new Volvo, so he might be correct on his pricing prognostications. He claimed Volvo was looking to sell 45-50000 units per year in the US. He claimed that the pricing strategy was to place the XC90 between the top of the line MDX ($39,750) and the V-8 X5 (about $54,000). Maybe he knows and maybe he made it all up. I don't know. One of the disappointing aspects for me was the dashboard, which does not look like it is classy enough for a $40,000+ vehicle. I thought the dash on the new Navigator and Land Rover were far more impressive. Before any of you laugh about the dash on the new Navigator- go look at it in the flesh- you will be impressed! And this from someone who can't stand the Navigator. All in all, I really liked the new XC90, and I think it will be a fairly strong seller for Volvo.
  • SporinSporin Posts: 1,066
    I work for a marketing firm that is doing some work on the XC90 launch and that is the price range we have heard too.
  • Have just logged onto this discussion group after seeing the XC90 on the Detroit auto show website. This may be common knowledge to "you-guys" but you can get quite a bit of info on the XC90 by going to Looking foreward to keeping up with all the XC90 news as it certainly looks like a winner!
  • birgerbirger Posts: 80
    "in the flesh" so to speak, last Friday at a limited preview in Brussels, I'm very seriously considering it as a replacement for my Mercedes ML (with which I'm not at all dissatisfied, it's even my second ML).

    The reasons are many: The Volvo offer several features not available at any price on the ML, such as DVD based navigation system, steering wheel controls for audio/phone/navigation, the Night Vision system, a third row that does not intrude on luggage space when not in use, a front passenger seat that folds down if you need to haul long objects.

    On the other hand, some of the features that the Mercedes offer over the Volvo, like the transfer case with low range, the full frame and bigger towing capacity, are at the moment not decisive factors for me.

    Of course, there is more prestige in driving a Benz than a Volvo, but when you compare the prices, there is some 3500 Euros to earn by choosing the XC90 over a comparatively equipped Mercedes - and you get those features I mentioned earlier. Certainly, the Volvo is less of a "truck", but it's a far cry from "tall cars" like the XC70, Audi AllRoad and the like.

    I've been a happy Mercedes ML owner for quite some time, and I might very well be coming back to MB later, but seeing that the next-generation ML isn't due here in Europe before mid-2004, I'll most probably try to get one of the first diesel-powered XC90's in this fall.

    Cheers from Luxembourg,
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