As one of the oldest models in its lineup, Volvo is likely eager to replace the XC90 with the all-new 2015 model. Volvo's new large crossover is at once immediately recognizable for what it is, and also much more contemporary and appropriate in Volvo's updated lineup. Curves and lines appear softer, and overall it looks like it could be longer than the current model, although height looks slightly lower.
Aside from the all-new body and styling, the big news is underhood, where Volvo's long-running and unique transverse 3.2-liter I-6 is being jettisoned in favor of a new family of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. But lest you believe an I-4-powered large crossover is going to be a slug, fear not. The twin-charged (supercharged and turbocharged) version of the 2.0-liter I-4 produces a robust 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, a healthy increase over the 2014 model's 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, and approaching the output of the dearly departed narrow-angle 4.4-liter Yamaha-based V-8, which produced 311 hp and 325 lb-ft.
The XC90 is expected to get an additional infusion of adrenaline in the form of a hybrid drivetrain, which could make it the highest-performance XC90 ever offered. European models will also likely offer a diesel engine option, although U.S.-bound XC90s will likely be gas-only for now. A plug-in hybrid option may follow shortly after debut.