New Volvo XC90: Prices And Specifications | Part Two

New Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

More Luxury and Refinement

Along with the interior and exterior design refinements Volvo is introducing two important new petrol engines for the new XC90.

New, more powerful 3.2-litre (238PS) six-cylinder and 4.4-litre V8 (315PS) petrol engines replace the five-cylinder 2.5T (210PS) and six-cylinder T6 (272PS).

Volvo has also increased quality and luxury by improving materials and specifications, adding the choice of a new, plusher SE Lux trim and a revised top-of-the-range Executive model.

All models benefit from the introduction of an MP3/i-Pod Aux input for the audio system which will now play music recorded in MP3/WMA format, body-coloured door handles and side rubbing strips, new larger door mirrors with integrated side indicators, plus new front and rear skid plate and chrome insert above the rear number plate. New paint colours introduced are Shadow Blue pearl, Inscription™ Electric Silver coarse flake paint and Inscription™ White pearl (Executive only).

Interior design updates include an upgraded centre console with new display for audio and telephone system (if fitted), new door handles with more tactile black centre area, the added convenience of one-touch mode for the indicators, while satin chrome touches have been added to the edge of audio and ventilation controls, wiper/indicator column stalks, air vent controls and along the edge of steering wheel remote controls. The tops of all dashboards will now be in either Off-Black, Umbra or Espresso to reduce potential reflections on the windscreen and create a two-tone colour scheme.

S and SE

Improvements to the specification of the S model, which is now only available with the D5 engine, include new ‘Marstrand’ textile upholstery, new ‘Manganite’ silver inlays for doors and dashboard, while a leather gear knob and rear load cover become standard. The popular SE model, available with the D5, 3.2 or V8 engine, also gains body-coloured wheel arches.

SE Lux

The new SE Lux trim level joins the XC90 range between the SE and Executive models. It adds numerous luxuries above and beyond the SE specification, including superior Sovereign hide soft leather upholstery, chronograph instrument dials, new Sapeli wood inlays and power and heated driver and passenger seats with seat memory and door mirror memory.

Externally, the SE Lux is differentiated by new 18in Camulus alloy wheels, brushed aluminium roof rails, Bi-Xenon headlamps with power washers and folding door mirrors with water repellent glass and ground lights.


Following customer requests for even higher specifications and first-class luxury, Volvo has extensively updated and enhanced the flagship XC90 Executive model.

Externally, the new Executive is distinguished by new styling cues such as larger 19in Galateia alloy wheels and extended body-coloured wheel arches, a silver-coloured front skid plate, chromed C-pillar (with Executive emblem) and satin chrome covers for the new door mirrors, plus chrome trim inserts to the air vents in the front bumper and under the rear lights. It also has Volvo’s new Active Bi-xenon headlights that swivel 15 degrees in each direction to improve the driver's view of the road ahead.

The exclusive Executive soft leather upholstery with contrasting stitching and edging immediately creates a more luxurious impression and is now fitted to all three rows of seats. In addition, a new, rich chestnut upholstery colour is added to the choices of linen white and off black, plus it is also now possible to choose from the eight colour combinations of Volvo’s optional Inscription™ soft leather upholstery.

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Published 21 May 2006 Melanie Carter

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