As the Swedish car manufacturer announced the release of its latest prototype, we could get our first look at Volvo’s 2016 XC90 model. The hybrid vehicle preserves much of the safety and low fuel consumption features that the company has accustomed us in the past.
XC90 became a success soon after it was launched in 2002 due to its safety options and its luxurious, but not flamboyant design. The new 2016 XC90 model is in keeping with the company’s car manufacturing tradition, but features many modern tech specs for the improvement of the driving experience.
The most noteworthy addition is the T8 Twin Engine that the producer is currently testing. Based on the information provided by Volvo, the smaller engine does pretty much the same job as the previous four-cylinder V6, V8 engines, but it requires less power, hence less fuel consumption.
The Swedish company, Volvo, has always been keen on reducing fuel consumption. Their attempts have now come through thanks to the 2-liter, four cylinder T8 engine. Even though the prototype is currently undergoing tests, the company claims they have successfully managed to create a hybrid car that is both powerful and environmentally friendly.
The new 2016 XC90 model has been endowed with an electric recharger which guarantees to get the car ready for the road again in just 2.5 hours, if plugged in a 240V, 16 amp charger. The hybrid mode proved itself extremely useful during city cruises as the vehicle significantly reduces energy consumption and is capable of lasting through a 25-mile drive.
Drivers, who want to get a real feel of the car may choose between two other driving modes. In addition to Hybrid, there is also the Power Mode, which, as the name says it, boosts power and speed capacities. The Save mode, on the other, reduces battery consumption, when there is only 40% battery left.
Hybrid cars have been described as slow and cumbersome, but the new XC90 will come to prove the opposite. The SUV is incredibly fast, in spite of its non-dynamic shape and heavy weight. It can reach 0 to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds and can act like a genuine sport car when the Dynamic mode is selected.
For those who prefer to feel comfortable while behind their steering wheels, Volvo has added its well-known and appreciated Comfort mode. One really feels refreshed even after long hours of driving as the seats have been purposefully designed to offer the best driving experience. The seats have been deformed to avoid spine overloading and possible injuries on bumpy roads.
The new XC90 version bears but little resemblance with its 2002 predecessor. The 2016 prototype has a bulkier grille, which some may correctly label as exaggerate. The overall aspect of the SUV may be described using just one word: “Americanized”. Indeed, both the front and the back of the car are now rounder making this new prototype a little less Swedish and perhaps, masculine.
Volvo has actually confirmed during the official announcement of the new XC90 model that the prototype was created for American consumers, as well. The SUV will most likely become very popular among European drivers, but Volvo is keen in getting a share of the U.S. market, as well. The entry-level version will cost approx. $68,100 but prices may vary depending on the geographical regions and the requested options.
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