The new 2016 Volvo XC90 is finally out, boasting new style, more luxury, and a new powertrain lineup. Additionally, the luxury crossover is yet another showcase of the automaker’s long-running reputation for safety, thanks to its sturdy chassis and a long list of advanced technology.
Volvo showed off just how safe the XC90 is with a plethora of photos and one video of the crossover going through the automaker’s barrage of safety tests. One test shows the 2016 XC90 in a frontal offset crash traveling at 40 mph, and it appears that the passenger area isn’t severely compromised. Same goes for the side impact crash at 30 mph and the roll-over test. In all, it looks like the XC90 could ace tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as it’s likely Volvo did its homework in regards to the institute’s new small overlap frontal test.
On the tech front, the 2016 Volvo XC90 can detect pedestrians and cyclists in both day and nighttime situations, while a frontal collision warning system also includes automatic braking. Additionally, the XC90 will stop the vehicle in case you attempt to turn in front of an oncoming car. Other safety items include blind spot monitoring and a lane keeping system that will take over steering duties if it detects that you’re drifting away from your intended path.
The XC90 goes on sale next year and will be introduced with two Drive-E powertrain options. The first is the T6, a twin-charged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque that's mated to an eight-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. Next is the T8 plug-in hybrid, which combines the T6’s engine with an electric motor on the rear axle for a total system output of 395 hp and 472 lb-ft.