Volvo has apparently commenced testing of its all-new generation of the XC90 that will make its debut during end-2014 or early 2015. The XC90 is Volvo’s flagship off roader and has been a strong seller thanks to its big spacious cabin, comfortable on road manners and of course, Volvo’s sterling reputation for safety above all else.
The XC90, however, has been around for a decade and so, and in the wake of far more modern rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes; feels a little long in the tooth. The replacement though is on the way as the first spy images of the prototype being tested have surfaced on the internet.
There is not much that can be seen in these images, as the prototype uses a modified body shell from the XC70. Prototypes of the production model are said to come out in the wild by next year.
In a bid to reduce the average emissions of its entire model lineup to just 95g/km CO2 by 2020, Volvo is severely looking to take the green approach; which is why the Swedish carmaker will be limiting the engine capacity to just 2-litre for the upcoming generation of the XC90.
As far as performance goes, Volvo claims these new engines will be as good as the current ones in spite of the cc deficit. What’s more? They will also help the next-gen XC90 return more fuel economy than the current model. The 2015 XC90 will also benefit from the carmaker’s all-new SPA (Scaleable Platform Architecture) platform which promises to be very light and rigid.