The Evolution of Volvo’s Safety Flagship SUV- The XC90

On Friday, January 16th, 2015

Even though Volvo is Swedish, it is globally known to be a leader in the manufacture of commercial cars, trucks, buses, construction equipment, and drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and financial services. These days, the car manufacturing would readily come to mind at the mention of the name Volvo; however, when being started at inception by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larsson, the main aim was to create the safest car possible. This was because Assar’s wife had earlier died in a car crash. Till this day, safety remains a top priority with Volvo and maybe a reason for opting for the production of the Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV), which are considered by many as to be very safe due to their bigger size and tall suspension.

The history of Volvo XC90

First generation (2002–2014)

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When it comes to Volvo manufactured vehicles, the first generation of the XC90 made for a best-seller, racking up sales of up to 85,000 units in 2005 which is a large figure when considering the value of such a car. The first unveiling of this luxury SUV happened at the Detroit Motor Show in 2002 and was based entirely on the P2 platform that also provided an important number of other big Volvo cars, such as the S80.

Facelift (2007–2014)

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The 2007 XC90 is known to be an actual facelifted version of the first generation one; albeit with more new improved features such as the restyled front fascia and upgraded interior. Even though this version which was manufactured exclusively by Volvo’s Torslanda, Sweden plant also came with slightly improved features on the exterior; the major changes were more noticeable in the interior, providing more comfort than its predecessor.

Second generation (2014- Present)

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With 3 years of being developed and a staggering $11 billion already invested, Volvo unveiled the all new Volvo XC90 in 2014. This was not only a huge release, but it also highlighted the direction the company was will to tow into the future in terms of design and incorporating its own range of new technologies. The “Thor Hammer” headlights are the first noticeable feature, which guards a slightly redesigned puckered front grille. The Volvo XC90 comes with a larger bonnet with a new topography, beltline and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the tattoo-like, new rear lights are other important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range.

The interior is the most luxurious one ever fitted to a Volvo which has traditionally been known of fancying safety and durability over fancy designs. This new version is an embodiment of luxury designs with a tablet-like touch screen control console, quality materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, crystal-glass-made gear lever, top notch Bowers & Wilkins audio system and a range of accessories that makes it possible for the owner to create a truly personalized car.

The futureof the XC902

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As Volvo keeps evolving, what concepts of Volvo’s flagship SUV can we expect to see in the future? One thing is certain and that is we can expect another futuristic styling concept, more fuel-efficient engines and a more luxurious interior. While also not forgetting the cutting-edge safety technologies which has been the watchword of the brand since its inception and which it is still yet to deviate from.

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