Volvo’s facelifted XC90 SUV has just been unveiled, boasting a newly-developed fuel-saving engine option in its advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, working alongside existing internal combustion engines.
The combination of a KERS system with Volvo’s already-established ICE units results in newly integrated electrified powertrains, positioned under the automaker’s new ‘B’ badge. These hybrid systems will offer up to 15% fuel savings and real-world emission reductions, according to the Swedish automaker.
The KERS system works in a pretty self-explanatory way, using the new brake-by-wire system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking. Volvo models with the new ‘B’ badge will complement the existing T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electrified option on the new XC90.
Subtle visual changes
If you think this updated Volvo XC90 looks the same as before, well, you’re not exactly wrong. Aside from the new wheels, new body colors and a modern new grille design, not much else has changed – although that’s not necessarily a bad thing seen as how this SUV literally features an award-winning exterior design.
There’s more going on inside the XC90, actually, with the availability of different seating configurations, where apart from the four-seat Excellence version and the standard seven-seat system, you can now order your Swedish SUV with a brand new six-seat configuration. There are also new materials present onboard, including a wool blend.
It’s all about tech
With regards to active safety technology, the 2020 XC90 now delivers steering aid on both the City Safety and the Blind Spot Information System. Volvo says that its City Safety with Autobrake is still the only system currently on the market that’s able to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals.
Meanwhile, Volvo has also equipped the XC90 with the Oncoming Lane Mitigation system first introduced on the latest XC60, while the Cross Traffic Alert system now comes with an Autobrake function.
As for its Sensus infotainment system, it too has been upgraded. Furthermore, the 2020 XC90 is now available with Android Auto and not just Apple CarPlay, while the music streaming service Spotify has also been integrated.
Volvo will begin production this May at its Torslanda plant in Sweden, with order books already open across all available markets.