2020 Volvo XC90: Refresh, New battery, New Safety aids

An entirely redesigned Volvo XC90 arrived for the 2016 model year and brand recently introduced new XC60 and XC40 models. For the 2020 model the large, luxury SUV gets the refresh and changes depending on the market.

Buyers outside the US will enjoy in a more extensive range of upgrades and focus is on the new electrified powertrains. The brand promised electrification of entire model range and new mild-hybrid models under the B badge replacing the current T5, T6 and D5 versions in markets outside the US. The 2020 Volvo XC90 returns to the US with the T5, T6 and T8 powertrain options and the plug-in-hybrid version benefits from the larger battery pack.

Other changes include some cosmetic tweaks on model front and rear end styling and some subtle modifications inside the cabin. The new XC90 will also get further improved safety equipment.

2020 Volvo XC90

2020 Volvo XC90: Powertrains, New mild-hybrid technology

Volvo announced recently its intent to electrify its entire powertrain range and for the 2020 model year non-plug-in hybrid models of the XC90 will get Kinetic Energy Recovery System. The new brake-by-wire system with the kinetic energy recovery purpose will use the energy otherwise lost under braking which can be exploited later under acceleration reducing the combustion engine power usage. This should help, as Volvo claim in a reduction of the fuel end emissions by 15 percent. 

Volvo will market the new mild-hybrid powertrains under the B badge and B5 variants with diesel and gasoline engines and B6 version with the gasoline unit only will replace the current T5, T6 and D5 models in the markets outside the US.  The plug-in-hybrid T8 version will stay the range-topping variant and arrives also with the similar barking-recovery system and should improve the range by 15 percent.

However, the mild-hybridization will miss the US market for the 2020 model year and it’s not clear yet when the B-badged powertrains will travel over the ocean.

For the American-market, the 2020 Volvo XC90 will again offer T5, T6 and T8 plug-in-hybrid powertrain. The T5 version returns with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine under the hood. The engine makes the same 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque coupled with the 8-speed automatic transmission and available with either front- or all-wheel drive. 

It’s not much different with more potent T6 version. The same 2.0-liter displacement but turbocharged and supercharged provides 316 hp and torque of 295 pound-feet. In this case, the all-wheel drive is standard.

The things are slightly better for the T-8 plug-in-hybrid powertrain which gets larger 11.6 kWh battery in the place of current 10.4 unit. The replacement should boost the electric range but we will know the result later. The T8 uses the same turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine as the T6 but combined with the battery and 87-hp electric motor for the total output of 400 hp and torque of 472 pound-feet.

2020 Volvo XC90

2020 Volvo XC90: Refreshed Styling

In the shadow of the mild hybridization are some appearance and interior changes. The 2020 Volvo XC90 comes with the revised front and rear-end styling but there is no significant difference. 

The new XC90 adopts refreshed grille version which is the same in shape and size but with the modified design similar to that of the recently redesigned XC60. The front and rear bumpers come also with subtle changes. Other than that, the mid-updated XC90 will offer new wheel and body colors options.

Interior, equipment:

Inside the cabin, Volvo announced the new wool upholstery interior but hasn’t clarified would this option be available in the US. Buyers in the American-market will get a new interior configuration with the captain chair middle row with a total number of sits for six. The three-seat second row will also be in the offer.

Volvo has again revised the range of safety equipment. The new XC90 gained an Oncoming Lane Mitigation System already available on the smaller XC60. The system returns the car back in its line if driver entered in the second line too far. The safety equipment added also automatic steering assist for pedestrian detection and blind spot monitoring.

2020 Volvo XC90: Availability, Price

The refreshed 2020 Volvo XC90 will go to production in May but buyers can put orders now. Volvo hasn’t defined the pricing yet and when the B-badged powertrains will enter the US market.    

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