Although a full exterior reveal on the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV won't happen until late August, the automaker has released the first images of the vehicle's production interior. Inspired, yet toned down from the dramatic look of the Volvo Concept Estate that debuted in Geneva, the second-generation XC90 does retain many of the upscale cues found in that one-off, including the innovative tablet-style center touch display that serves as the core of Volvo's new simplified man-machine interface. Capable of recognizing and responding to a full range of swipe/stretch/pinch gestures, it relies on proprietary software to enhance functionality while eliminating the normal array of buttons and switches. However, Volvo wisely retains conventional direct-access controls for things like radio volume, hazard warning, play/pause and window heaters.
The new XC90 will have the most luxurious appointments ever seen on any volume-built Volvo. Complementing what's expected -- supple Nappa leather upholstery, fine wood accents and brushed aluminum trim -- this upscale 7-passenger SUV also will feature distinctive touches like diamond-cut controls for its pushbutton start/stop and drive-mode selectors plus an available crystal gear-lever knob handcrafted by noted Swedish glassmaker Orrefors. Other primo touches include available 4-zone climate control along with enhanced in-vehicle connectivity via Apple's CarPlay system with full iPod/iPad integration.
A new generation of ergonomically designed seats promises to be a highpoint of the 2016 Volvo XC90. Even the standard front buckets will have a full range of power adjustments including side bolsters, multipoint-lumbar support and lower-cushion extensions, while full ventilation and a massage feature will be optional. For those who demand even more, optional Contour seats offer an extra measure of lateral support. As the first vehicle to be based on Volvo's new Scalable Product Architecture, the new XC90 also will impress its second- and third-row passengers with increased overall comfort, superior space and class-leading ease of entry/access.
Although the company plans to start shipments early next year, Volvo will continue to roll out more information on the 2016 XC90 starting in July. Next up will be additional details on the XC90's safety and interior air quality management systems, followed by chassis and powertrain particulars before the wraps come off of its exterior. We'll keep you posted.
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