2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design adds more enthusiast edge

By Bob Nagy on September 18, 2014 12:18 PM

Less than a month after taking the wraps off of its all-new XC90 SUV, Volvo has now offered a look at the slick R-Design version of this three-row people mover. Sitting above the basic XC90 Momentum trim grade, the new XC90 R-Design was created as a counterpoint to the more luxury-oriented XC90 Inscription model and offers a distinctive package aimed a buyers who "love active driving and a personal, expressive design." Available with either Drive-E powertrain - the 316-horse/2.0-liter supercharged/turbocharged T6 4-cylinder or 400-horse T8 Twin Engine Hybrid that pairs the gasoline 2.0-liter with an electric motor - the XC90 R-Design features unique exterior and interior styling elements but no mechanical changes. 

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In R-Design trim, Volvo's flagship sport utility boasts a bespoke grille insert with horizontal elements, custom front splitter, silk- metal window surrounds, matte-silver mirror caps, integrated silver roof rails, unique dual exhaust outlets and 20-inch alloy wheels that can be upgraded to 22-inch alternatives. Changes to the base XC90's roomy cabin include a host of R-Design touches highlighted by Contour sport buckets covered in Nubuck and perforated leather plus custom gauge graphics, sport pedals, floor mats, illuminated door sill plates and an R-Design leather remote control keyfob.

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No word yet on pricing for the 2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design models. While the first of the new XC90s will go on sale here next April, Volvo has yet to confirm whether or not the R-Design variants will hit showroom floors at the same time. 

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