Updated 2018 new Volvo XC90 launched in India
Volvo has silently launched a 2018 model year update for its XC90 D5 diesel model, in which all 3 trim levels get more gear and safety kit. With the update, the base Momentum is now priced at Rs.76.47 lakh, the mid-spec R-Design costs Rs.83.92 lakh, and the top-spec Inscription will set you back by Rs.86.96 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, pan-India). The base Inscription trim now comes with features like heated front seats, paddle shifters, adaptive cruise control, a parking assist system that can self-park and a compass.
The higher-spec variants are equipped with a blind spot information system along with cross traffic alerts, rear collision mitigation support (it was offered only at the front earlier), a 360-degree camera and a heated steering. The R-Design variant misses out on the top-spec’s ventilated seats and the back seats with massage function and features a marginally altered treatment on sections like the outside mirrors, windows, gear lever, sill moulding and remote control. In terms of powertrain, the XC90 D5 continues with the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel making 235hp and 480Nm of peak torque, which is mated to an eight-speed transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The Swedish auto giant hasn’t revealed if the petrol-hybrid T8 Excellence trim of the XC90 will also advantage from this gear update, but dealers have confirmed that it will receive an upgrade as well.
The XC90 was all new in 2016, and, for 2017, the T8 plug-in hybrid model joined the lineup. That model shares its turbo- and charged 4-cylinder engine with the XC90 T6, but it adds two AC electric motors and a battery package that deliver extra power and 14 miles of EPA-rated EV series.
Changes to the XC90 are mostly limited to minute tweaks to optional packages and equipment. Some important features have been made standard crossways the XC90 family this year, containing adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, Android Auto, Apple Car Play. Three new colors replace three outgoing ones, and the T8 plug-in powertrain is now available even in the entry-level Momentum trim level. The plug-in powertrain has a new battery pack that makes it 5 extra miles of EPA range linked with previous models, and all 3 powertrains have seen bumps to their EPA ratings.