With a new improved interior space, new style, and a safety feature galore, the new Volvo XC90 2018 has undoubtedly been reborn into a fresh and desirable SUV. Some of its strengths include an available hybrid model, plenty of standard safety features, confident handling, sharp new style and look, and a spacious second- and third row seating configuration, its release date comes this fall.
The 2018 XC90 redesign marks the first ever comprehensive makeover since its debut twelve years ago. And naturally, that has made the first model ancient by conventional standards. Most brands redesign their models every five years on average. Volvo has long been noted for its understated style and advanced safety features, however, the industry has evolved and the previously–acknowledged strengths have been overshadowed by other brands who have perfected their technologies.
Nonetheless, the new 2018 Volvo XC90 has brought back its charm. The larger grille, assertive styling, slimmer headlights, and aggressive lower air intakes have all managed to give the XC90 a refreshing appeal without necessarily losing its identity.
Interior wise, Volvo has infused several upscale materials, for instance, it combines wood, leather and even Swedish crystal glass. The result is a high-luxury feel cabin that makes any driving experience a memorable one.
A new four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine does the magic under its hood. You can expect an output of 316 horsepower, which is impressive in comparison to what its traditional rivals offer. Also, Volvo has been making news lately about its plug-in hybrid model that Volvo says will make upwards of 394 hp. And despite the fuel economy ratings lacking, it is expected to offer the best ratings better than any other seven-passenger SUV.
Anyone shopping in the seven-passenger segment will most probably come across several of its rivals, which include 2018 Buick Enclave, 2018 Acura MDX, 2018 BMW X5, and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Although the above vehicles boasts of several upscale features over the XC90, the new 2018 Volvo XC90 reinvention and revitalization gives it a refreshing appeal.
Available Trims – 2018 Volvo XC90
The new 2018 Volvo XC90 is available in three trims: Momentum, Sport R-Design and Inscription. The 2018 Volvo XC90 Polestar is reviewed separately.
Exterior Review & Interior Review – 2018 Volvo XC90
The seven-passenger XC90 is available in both regular and hybrid configurations. The former is referred to as T6 first edition, while the latter is connoted as T8.
Standard equipment available on the Momentum include a hands-free power tailgate, adjustable drive modes, driver memory settings, foglights, 19” alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a 40/20/40-split third row seat, eight-way power front seats, a panoramic sunroof, heated mirrors, a 50/50-split third row seats, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, roof rails, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and automatic wipers.
Technology features to expect include a 10-speaker sound system, a navigation system, an auxiliary audio input jack, satellite radio, a USB port, a configurable digital gauge cluster display, voice controls, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 9” touchscreen display, and smartphone application integration.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 R-Design trim adds unique grille and exterior accents, 20” alloy wheels, illuminated step plates, automatic high-beam control, LED adaptive headlights, added interior illumination, a digital gauge cluster display, aluminum mesh cabin accents, leather sport seats, and LED running lights.
The upscale Inscription trim gets similar equipment as the above trim plus LED running lights, a surround-view parking camera system, illuminated step plates, extended leather upholstery, rear side window sunshades, and own exterior and interior trim.
Price & Release Date – 2018 Volvo XC90
The T6 Momentum will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $48,900, the T6 R-Design – $52,900, and $54,500 for the T6 Inscription. We expect the 2018 Volvo XC90 to go on sale this fall.
Engine Specs – 2018 Volvo XC90
An innovative 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine rated at 316 horsepower and 295 pounds of torque powers the 2018 Volvo XC90 T6. Both the all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission system are standard.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the T6 stands at 20/25/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 combines both the 87-hp motor and the T6 engine to produce an impressive 394 horsepower. It accelerates to 60 mph in just 6 seconds and can go on an electric-only range of 17 miles. Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten the fuel economy ratings yet but we are working towards that.