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First Drive: 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription

The 2016 Volvo XC90 is the second generation of the Swedish auto maker’s flagship SUV. The first generation of XC90 runs from 2003 to 2014, which is an extremely long product life. As we have mentioned in our previous article, the new generation of XC90 is extremely important to the whole Volvo brand.


Recently we had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 XC90, so let’s see how the new XC90 hold up against other competitors.

Test Vehicle Information

The XC90 we have test driven is the T6 AWD Inscription trim, and it is fully loaded to the level that its MSRP reaches an astonishing $75,395, a whopping $26,495 more than the base trim price ($48,900)...

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2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Trim Order Guide Leaked

Recently Volvo USA has announced the pricing for the 2016 XC90 T8 trim, today the detailed order sheet is leaked out on the internet.

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The XC90 T8 is powered by a turbocharged+supercharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, good for 318hp and 295 lb-ft of torque; there is an electric motor installed in the transmission which provides another 46hp and 110 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels; besides this, there is a second electric motor in charge of driving the rear wheels, which supplies 82hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Total system combined output is rated at 400hp and 472 lb-ft.

Below is the order guide...

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3-Seat Volvo XC90 Version Debuted

Yes you are correct, together with the previously reported 4-seat version of the new XC90, today in the 2015 Shanghai auto show, Volvo also announced an even higher-end version: a XC90 with only 3 seats!

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While we think such variant is targeting at a niche market, it is interesting to enjoy the below interior images.

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Will The 2016 Volvo XC90 Be The Last Chance To Save Volvo?

During an interview with Automotive News Europe, the Volvo CEO made some comments about the upcoming redesigned 2016 XC90: “There is no second chance, of course. This has to work. We’re confident it will.”

We all know the fact that, Volvo’s sales performance has been lacked behind other luxury brands in US market for a long time. For example, during 2013, Volvo sold a total of 61,233 units in US; compared to BMW’s 309,280 units, Mercedes-Benz’s 334,350 units, Audi’s 158,061 units and Lexus’ 273,847 units.

This year (2014) Volvo does not has major new/redesigned model releases, so do not hope its sales volume will be dramatically different than 2013...

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Brief Analysis: The Volvo Scalable Product Architecture, and 2016 XC90

Today Volvo has revealed more details about the upcoming 2016 XC90. This time the information is focusing on the SUV’s architecture framework.

Starting from the 2016 XC90, most of the Volvo’s next-generation vehicles will be based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). Within the SPA framework, only one thing is fixed: the distance between the front axle and the engine compartment firewall; Other than that, all other parameters are completely flexible, as shown in the bellow illustration.


Of course, the SPA is a front-wheel-drive layout.

One thing you may not notice: the SPA-based 2016 XC90, is using a transverse leaf spring for the rear suspension...

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