Volvo releases a first lot of images of the upcoming new XC90 model year 2013 just hours ahead of its official unveiling at the 2012 North America International Auto Show. The new model maintains the same basic structure it had in 2002, when the first generation of the popular three-row crossover debuted at the same event in Detroit, but the new version also boasts some subtle but significant changes in comparison to its first incarnation. Let’s have a quick look through it.
As for the exterior, the new XC90 has redesigned front bumpers with LED strips and silver front bar, revised rear bumper, more LED technology for the tail lights and chrome accents here and there, while 2 more options (Twilight Bronze and Flaminco Red) have been added to its color range. On the inside, it gets new aluminum inserts and a a leather tailgate strap, while premium walnut wood finishing will be made available for the range topping versions. Under the bonnet, the confirmed 3.2-litre flat-6 unit of the previous model has been confirmed, providing the XC90 m.y. 2013 with 240 hp and 320 Nm of peak torque. However, an all-new version of the XC90 is expected to appear in 2014.
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Almost ten years after the launch of the original XC90, Volvo releases four never-seen-before sketches of the next generation of the successful Swedish SUV, which is expected to debut in 2013-2014. At a first glance, the model seems to drag inspiration from both Volvo’s You and Universe concept cars, but we will obviously need to wait a little longer to see how much of that will be true.
However, the styling of the next XC90 seems to be quite original, still retaining the Volvo’s typical visual approach. The new XC90 will also be the first car to be fully developed on the new SPA platform (Scalable Platform Architecture), which should guarantee a 100-150 kg of weight loss over the current model, which still is first generation.
via | CarAndDriver.com