With a completely new platform, more fuel efficient engines and new safety technology, the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV signals a new direction for the Swedish automaker. Volvo has officially unveiled the 2015 XC90, including the new plug-in hybrid version that not only generates 400 horsepower, but also has ultra-low emissions and can travel up to 25 miles in EV mode. Yet its most salient quality might be the auto braking function.
The Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder Drive-E engine that powers the front wheels and an 80-hp electric motor that drives the rear wheels. With a total 400 horsepower on tap, the XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is just shy of the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid with its 416 horsepower, but the Cayenne Plug-in Hybrid can only carry five passengers, while the XC90 has room for seven. Volvo describes the XC90 as a “plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one.”
The 2015 XC90 will also introduce a host of new technologies that brings us another step closer to self-driving cars. The XC90 is the first car in the world with technology that features automatic braking if the Volvo driver starts to turn in front of an oncoming car that is going quicker than expected. City Safety becomes the umbrella name for all of Volvo Cars’ auto brake functions, which are standard in the all-new XC90. It now covers vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in front of the car, day and night.
“With the XC90, we take the first step towards self-driving cars. A new function that automatically follows the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic will provide a radically simplified, semi-autonomous driving experience,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management of Volvo Car Group.