The one thing that previously made the Volvo XC90 so interesting, the Yamaha-engineered narrow-angle V-8, is long gone. The sole power train choice starting in 2012 is the 3.2-liter, naturally-aspirated, transversely-mounted inline-six producing 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Those looking for a sporting Swedish crossover are left with the slightly smaller XC60, which offers an optional twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter engine with 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. An all-new model of the XC90 is expected in late 2014.
But Volvo's large crossover still has its fans and buyers that are more interested in comfort and safety than speed are likely to find the 2013 XC90 to be a compelling offering. The changes are relatively minor inside and out, and include color-coordinated front and rear bumpers, doorsill moldings and wheel arches. Rounding out the exterior changes are LED daytime running lights, LED taillights with chrome trim, a silver accent piece on the lower front bumper, and 18-inch "Thalia" alloy wheels. Buyers also get two new color choices, Flaminco Red and Twilight Bronze.
For those customers that want a little more sporty style, the R-Design gets 19-inch "Ixion" wheels, sport-tuned suspension, R-Design grille, R-Design embossed seats, special steering wheel, watch dial instruments, and floor mats. The Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels add special Sovereign hide leather and red wood inlays for the interior and shift knob, with an optional red wood steering wheel. All 2013 XC90s get standard rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Prices for the 2013 Volvo XC90 by trim level are listed below, and include an $895 destination charge:
XC90 3.2: $40,395
XC90 3.2 Premier Plus: $42,895
XC90 3.2 R-Design: $43,195
XC90 3.2 R-Design Premier Plus: $43,595
XC90 3.2 Platinum: $45,595
XC90 3.2: R-Design Platinum: $46,295