2020 Volvo XC90: Upgrades, Hybrid, Safety

New 2020 Volvo XC90 SUV comes with numerous updates. However, the announced redesign was obviously speculation. Whatsoever, Volvo says the all-new model will arrive with the facelift. However, even design changes are hard to spot. Do your best. On the other hand, the XC90 SUV will get more safety features and a new hybrid trim level.

Moreover, Android Auto is finally in the offer. The Swedish automaker has some big plans for XC90 SUV. For the start, Volvo wants to move production from China to the United States. We can also expect further interior refreshments as well. Performance-wise, things will stay intact.

2020 Volvo XC90 exterior

Exterior and Interior Facelift

Announced redesign won’t happen and it was obviously just a rumor. Interestingly, Swedish automotive giant claims there will be numerous exterior changes. We failed to spot any of them. The 2020 Volvo XC90 comes with new optional wheels and reshaped grille. Besides that, new color options are available, along with other subtle changes.

So far, we didn’t see any of these upgrades. Whatsoever, XC90 still looks great and attractive. The front end looks stylish with smaller air vents and a larger grille. Distinctive LED headlights are available once again and 18-inch wheels will remain a standard option. You can equip XC90 SUV with optional 21-inch rims. The tailgate is easy to use, especially with the optional hands-free system.

From the inside, Volvo will introduce a new wool blend interior. It is a perfect cover for the seats and trims. Finally, Android Auto is available and the infotainment system will get an update. Apart from that, the interior will remain the same.

2020 Volvo XC90 interior

Safety Improvements

The upcoming 2020 Volvo XC90 comes with a better safety rating. This SUV now offers a steering assist that is paired with the blind spot monitoring system. Pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, automatic braking, and cross-traffic alert are available as well.

Furthermore, Volvo confirmed the inclusion of the lane mitigation system. Those systems will join the long list of driver-assistance features. Safety rating will be significantly better now, no doubt about it. However, the five-star safety rating is available only on the upper trim levels.

Engine Specs

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine remains standard. This unit offers two different outputs. The base model will produce up to 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Second output comes with a supercharger and it is available on upper trims.

Thanks to that, the 2020 Volvo XC90 will generate 320 horses and 300 lb-ft of torque. No matter which output you opt for, 8-speed automatic transmission is available.

Powerful Hybrid System

Volvo will also introduce a hybrid drivetrain. The 2020 Volvo XC90 Hybrid will go on sale at the same time as the base model. Hybrid system delivers more power and it offers great mileage. The standard engine will be coupled with an electric motor and battery pack.

Together, this combination is good for 400 horsepower. You can charge an XC90 SUV in four hours. However, the all-electric driving range is still far from the other competitors, only 14 miles. However, Volvo announced further improvements to the hybrid system.

2020 Volvo XC90 hybrid

2020 Volvo XC90 Price and Release Date

Brand-new 2020 Volvo XC90 will cost slightly under $50,000. Upper trims such as T6 will cost $56,000. If you want a range-topping T8 trim with the hybrid drivetrain, you’ll have to pay almost $70,000. The XC90 SUV will hit the markets in the last quarter of 2019.