Owners can expect improved infotainment systems and more on-board features.
Volvo has previously said it will become all-electric by 2030, but that hasn't stopped the brand from introducing extensive updates to its current range. The Swedish brand recently extensively updated the S60 and V60 lineup, with the models now boasting superior tech and enhanced styling.
The company has said all new Volvo cars will be available with over-the-air (OTA) software update capability. This is part of the carmaker's ambition to continuously improve its offerings and cement its position as an industry leader in the OTA field. It's worth noting that not all XC40 variants benefit from this, though.
First seen on the fully-electric models, the technology has now wormed its way into the S60 and V60, as well as the range-topping XC90 SUV. As such, owners can expect an update to their vehicle infotainment systems.
Customers can look forward to a reworked version of Android Automotive OS, Android 11, and also gain access to new apps on Google Play. This includes navigation and charging functions and parking with video streaming. Aside from additional features, the latest update also brings operating improvements, courtesy of better energy management (for electrified vehicles) and advancements to mobile app functionality and in-car applications.
The energy management advancements allow the vehicle to maintain an appropriate battery temperature in extreme climates, bettering the overall driving range. Elsewhere, charging is now made easier thanks to a battery pre-heating function which reduces charging time.
"This is a significant milestone: we're now updating cars of all models in a majority of our markets, bringing the benefits of remote continuous updates to an ever-increasing number of customers," said chief product officer Henrik Green.
This will mark the company's eighth OTA update and will reportedly reach over 190,000 Volvos dotted across the world. Additionally, the Gothenburg-based carmaker has said new models will also receive built-in Google apps and services which continues Volvo's tech-driven rollout.
Elsewhere, the company has racked up a bevy of safety awards, with the IIHS bestowing 13 models in the 2022 range with Top Safety Pick+ awards. Aside from safety, the brand's main focus is electrification and sustainability. It seems to be paying off; Volvo's electric car sales increased, representing 35.5% of sales for the brand in March.
Now more than ever, buyers care more about eco-friendly motoring and in-car connectivity. If Volvo continues on this trajectory, it won't just be scooping up safety awards in the future.