Representing its most ambitious vehicle design program in decades, Volvo’s all-new 2016 XC90 has been recast from the ground up. Marginally larger and more spacious than its highly successful predecessor, this 7-passenger all-wheel-drive (AWD) crossover SUV brings an elevated level of sophistication to its styling, engineering and powertrain elements while introducing class-leading advances in safety and infotainment technologies. As the first vehicle spun from Volvo’s new scalable product architecture (SPA), it aims to steal share from premium global rivals like the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Infiniti QX60, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class/GLE-Class. Both the XC90 T6 and its T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid sibling also set peer precedent as the result of their extremely efficient, supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter/4-cylinder Drive-E gasoline engines.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 lineup is fitted with the automaker’s new supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter/4-cylinder Drive-E gasoline engine that makes a stout 316 horsepower and develops 295 lb-ft of torque when burning premium unleaded gasoline. The T8 Twin Engine replaces the T6’s conventional Haldex AWD setup with a rear-mounted 80-horsepower electric motor that sends all of its motive force to the aft wheels. Collectively, the combo yields 400 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque – sufficient to trim the T8’s 0-60-mph sprint time from 6.1 to just 5.9 seconds. Both XC90 SUV variants can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Their Drive-E engines are backed by a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission that helps them earn what are projected to be best-in-class EPA ratings.
Arriving in showrooms this summer, the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum and Inscription start just under $50,000 and $55,500, respectively. The sporty R-Design that arrives in October will open slightly below $54,000, and fully loading any version can bump those numbers by $4,000-$6,000. On sale later in the fall, T8 Twin Engine models are expected to command upwards of $60,000 and offer similar upgrade possibilities. Given its lengthy roster of standard features, the new XC90 will hold a solid price advantage against all of its comparably equipped German rivals and be competitive with the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 as well as domestic alternatives like the Cadillac SRX and the Buick Enclave. KBB.com has not yet established a Fair Purchase for this new Volvo SUV. Historically, the XC90’s resale value has not been as strong as most of its competitors. However, we suspect this comprehensive makeover will enhance its long-term competitive position.
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