Volvo XC90 back with new feel, refreshed look and safer ride

The refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original exterior design, while the superlative interior design remains in place


VOLVO Car Malaysia Sdn Bhd announced that the refreshed version of its bestselling XC90 large SUV is available in Malaysia for viewing from this month onwards. The Volvo XC90 is the company’s top-of-the-line flagship that marks the next step in the company’s ambitious electrification strategy.

The refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a modern new grill, while the superlative interior design remains in place.

For the T8 model, the battery capacity has been improved from 10.4kW to 11.6kWh, thus improving the pure electric driving range up to 50km. On top of that, it is equipped with the redesigned Orrefors crystal electronic gearshift lever.

The T5 model sees the inclusion of third-row air conditioning with c-pillar vents, road sign information system and four-zone electronic climate control with cooled glove box, which was previously only available for the T8 model.

Based on Volvo Cars’ own in-house developed platform, powertrain and safety technology, the 2015 XC90 marked the start of Volvo cars’ transformation. It introduced the new face of the Volvo brand characterised by the Thor’s Hammer headlights, while introducing its new scalable product architecture platform.

The technologies and innovations that were launched on Volvo’s other 90 and 60 Series models between 2015 and 2019 have found their way into the XC90 over the intervening years. As a result, Volvo’s top-of-the-line SUV has become more advanced since its introduction, clocking up over 320,000 units sold worldwide.

In terms of active safety technology, the XC90 now offers drivers help with steering on both the city safety and the blind spot information system. City safety with automatic brake is still the only system on the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. The oncoming lane mitigation system first introduced on the XC60 is now available on the refreshed XC90, while the cross-traffic alert technology is now equipped with automatic brake.

All this, combined with the safety cage that forms the core of the passive safety technology, makes the latest XC90 one of the safest cars on the road and underlines Volvo’s unwavering commitment to developing the safest cars possible. The fully updated sensus infotainment system, which is unique to Volvo, has been a standard feature and compatible with both Apple’s Carplay and Android Auto, as well as being integrated with the Spotify music streaming service.

The refreshed Volvo XC90 will be priced from RM 373,888 (on-the-road, without insurance, inclusive of excise duty and sales tax) and is available for viewing at all autho- rised Volvo dealers nationwide.

Customers can choose between five distinct colours: Crystal white pearl, denim blue metallic, onyx black metallic, pebble grey metallic, and thunder grey metallic.