2020 Volvo XC90 Facelift Breaks Cover With KERS System, New Software

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.

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  • RDS Alphard

    Facelift? More like grillelift.

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  • Andrewthecarguy

    Hmm. This is how Volvo loses value. If my brand new 2020 XC90 is indistinguishable from a 2015 that has lot 50% of it’s value, why buy a new one? Dealers might struggle to sell the new ones.

    • StrangerGP

      I don’t understand this train of thought. Most facelifts are subtle. Volvo’s depreciation comes from different things like questionable reliability.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Well, that too.
        Facelifts exist to attract buyers to an aging appearance. And usually add worthwhile changes.
        In this case Volvo did almost nothing…a non car guy will not be able to tell you what the difference is and have little reason to pick it over a competitor.

  • ErnieB

    Still think it’s the best looking SUV in its class… liking the subtle facelift a lot ..

  • Merc1

    It’s still good looking, but it is starting to show it’s age.


  • no25

    This car is definitely the best looking in its class! Such a timeless design. Facelift is subtle, but it didn’t need a big change.

    • I’m just surprised it wasn’t updated with elements of the S90/V90, S60/V60… like the vents inside.

  • vvmdrf

    Timeless design, love the wool seats. I think the most shocking thing here is the KERS system. Other than some high-end super cars, this is probably the first mass produced vehicle with KERS. How long have we been waiting for this to finally come?

    • salamOOn

      its energy recuperation from braking and its already here in any electric car, so i wouldnt be so wow about it.
      but i agree with the rest. really love non leather seats, and also pretty timeless design. however i can see some areas for technical improvements…..

  • Six Thousand Times

    This thing has always been overrated. It’s a dull and boxy SUV but apparently, nearly everyone else sees a style icon. I don’t get it.

    • alexxx

      I say the same thing about golf…
      It is what it is…

      • Six Thousand Times

        Dunno, doesn’t everybody kinda say the Golf is blocky and boring, though?

        • alexxx

          Well,golf is bestseller so…in that light it seems that majority say golf is top car…

          • Six Thousand Times

            Sure but I think it sells despite its bland looks.

          • alexxx

            I think what matters most is the brand image….vw has bulletproof image…then comes design of particular car…

          • Most people don’t see cars as an exciting thing… And in defense of the Golf, I love driving it, but couldn’t buy one. The interior and exterior leave you with no feelings. Just boring.

  • salamOOn

    i like that bluegreyish r-design setup with blackout trim…..

  • SteersUright

    Could have used a bit of a refresh of the exterior. Its good looking without a doubt, but looking a bit tired already.

  • Harry_Wild

    Looks like the Telluride and XT6 to me! I like the styling but not the XC90’s unreliability and super expensive parts!

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