All-New Volvo XC90 Is The Most Important Car To Emerge From The Firm This Century


And it looks like the Swedish carmaker nailed it.

Launched back in 2002, Volvo has enjoyed steady sales of the XC90, but when the Swedish firm unveiled the second-generation model at the Paris Motor Show last October, it recognized the seven-seat SUV marked "the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo's history." On paper it looks to be a mighty impressive machine, with Volvo claiming class-leading safety, environmental impact, design and functionality. Being Volvo, we have no doubts about the safety and environment claims.

The car's design is of course subjective. However, the R-Design trim that arrived in Detroit wearing a Satin-finish blue paint job was undeniably attractive. Autocar is one of the first publications to take the XC90 for a drive and investigates, amongst other things, just how intuitive the new minimalist upmarket cabin is.

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